Biofabrication is a young technology with an urgent need for multidisciplinary specialists to drive this field forward. Establishing a collaborative degree programme in biofabrication provides a strong platform for future growth and innovation. The worldwide market in additive manufacturing is expected to reach $3 billion/year in 2016. Biofabrication is expected to take longer to generate a sizeable market; however it is positioned to take in a key role for bringing many current technologies together. Biofabrication will enable many recent technology investments such as nanotechnology, stem cell research and gene therapy over the next decade.

We expect that BIOFAB graduates will play a key role globally in developing biofabrication as a field. Our key objective – to train a new generation of researchers – is intended to drive innovation in biofabrication. BIOFAB will recruit people with diverse backgrounds; it is strengthened by this approach and the field requires it. Due to the nature of undergraduate courses, however, this prior interdisciplinary experience is often lacking and is one reason why BIOFAB will be focussing on training students in topics that are new and exciting to them.