Greenville company explores "bioprinting" tech

Izumi International has custom built automation equipment for big manufacturers such as Milliken & Co. and Michelin North America for decades.

Now the 19-employee firm located off of Pelham Road is exploring a line of business like no other — making 3D printers to "print" human tissue.

The emerging field of tissue "bioprinting" was born at Clemson University in 2003, when former bioengineering professor Thomas Boland filed a patent titled "Ink-jet printing of viable cells," according to Martine LaBerge, chair of the department.
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