The Biofabrication Hub provides state-of-the-art equipment, readily available for a collaborative network of cancer biologists and engineers seeking to bioprint and fabricate complex models of cancer and beyond. Our facilities include tools for 3D Bioprinting, device micro fabrication, microfluidics and organs on-a-chip, single cell bioprinting, and much more. Additionally, biological, materials engineering, nanoscale and fluorescent imaging characterization facilities are readily available in state-of-art cores at the Knight Cancer Research Building. The objective of the biofabrication hub is to enable the establishment of a home to align, facilitate and coordinate these areas of research within OHSU, and also to extend it to our colleagues at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at University of Oregon. The facilities and expertise at the two Knight sites are complementary to one another, and form one the most robust frameworks for tissue biofabrication in the west coast of U.S.
Our tools cover a wide spectrum of multi-scale tissue engineering, from nanoscale biomaterials, to single cell organic fabrication systems, all the way to larger scale and throughput tissue bioengineering systems. We also cover a wide range of microfluidics, micropatterning and organs on-a-chip fabrication methods and expertise.
The Knight Cancer Research Building (KCRB)
The Knight Cancer Research Building (KCRB), located on Portland’s South Waterfront, can house up to 650 cancer researchers and staff focused on the early detection of cancer and beyond. Funding for the building was made possible by a $200 million bond issue from the state of Oregon as a part of the $1 billion Knight Cancer Challenge, initiated by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. $160 million of the bond issue was designated for the KCRB, with the remaining $30 million coming from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.Team science and results are a top priority for the building. These principles represent a shift toward a more collaborative culture, facilitated by the fact that most of the scientists will be, for the first time, under one roof.