San Diego-based Organovo Holdings Inc. announced it has teamed up with Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Autodesk Inc. to develop design software for its MMX bioprinter, a device that uses printing technology to build complex human tissues by substituting living cells for ink.

The 3-D software from Autodesk will control Organovo’s bioprinter, helping users design and simulate molecular structures and living systems. The company said that, with the new software, it aims to make the technology accessible to a broader group of users by improving its usability and functionality.

“This relationship will lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput internally, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3-D tissues for production by Organovo,” said Organovo’s chief executive Keith Murphy in a statement.

— SDBJ Staff Report