Conventional high-throughput screening (HTS) platforms suffer from the need for large cell volumes, high reagent consumption, significant assembly cost, and handling efforts. The assembly of three-dimensional (3D) bioprinted hydrogel-based microfluidic chips within platforms can address these problems. We present a continuous and seamless manufacturing approach to create a bioprinted microfluidic chips with a circular pattern scalable toward HTS platforms. Digital light processing 3D bioprinting is used to tune the local permeability of our chip, made of polyethylene glycol diacrylate and cell-laden gelatin methacryloyl, for creating predefined gradients of biochemical properties. We measured the flow-induced physical characteristics, the mass transport of drug agents, and the biological features of the proposed chip. We measured reactive oxygen species from the encapsulated cells through an integrated process and showed the capacity of the hydrogel-based chip for creating drug/agent gradients. This work introduces a chip design based on a hydrogel that can be changed and could be used for modern HTS platforms such as in vitro organoids.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biochemistry, medical
- digital light processing
- high-throughput screening