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Ozbolat said he’s not interested in the money or publicity that would accompany such a feat, he just wants to create something that will help people suffering from serious illnesses.

“I really want to see something that functions and can be transplanted,” he said.

The team already has been growing cells and working with blood vessels, which form in petri dishes in the incubator, which supports growth by simulating the conditions inside the human body.

“The first time, it was three or four months ago, it was a very different feeling, making something that lives,” Ozbolat said. “It’s a great feeling.”

As conducive as the machine is designed to be when it comes to growing delicate cells, not all of them come out unscathed. Ozbolat said cell damage is often printed into the cells, sometimes at a rate of 10 percent or 15 percent of the cells.

The group has printed adult stem cells and organ-specific stem cells, but doesn’t yet have the capability to produce human embryonic stem cells, which a team at a university in Scotland announced last month it was the first to do. Ozbolat said that team had the benefit of a cutting-edge printer head that reduced cell damage in the printing process.

“Their printing system is more advanced,” he said. “That’s the benefit of their technology.”

The other division of AMTecH works with electromechancial systems, focusing primarily on circuit boards, said Tim Marler, the AMTecH co-director who heads that end. Circuit boards go in airplanes, computers, cellphones and many other items.

“It doesn’t have sex appeal, but the application is just massive,” Marler said of the circuit board. “Anything you look at that’s got electricity running through it, it’s got a circuit board.”

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