Interview with Benjamin Richter: Microfabrication Process for Life Science

Benjamin Richter is an Application Manager at Nanoscribe and develops microfabrication processes and applications for the life sciences. Before, he completed an interdisciplinary PhD thesis on “Selective Biofunctionalization of 3D Microstructures” in the groups of Prof. Wegener, Prof. Bastmeyer and Prof. Barner-Kowollik at KIT. His scientific papers have been cited more than 1500 times (Google Scholar). Benjamin is a speaker of 2024 Microfabrication 2.0 event.

When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing?

    When I started my Diploma Thesis in 2009 in Prof. Martin Wegener’s group on two-component scaffolds for cell culturing, I was impressed by the possibility of 3D printing such tiny structures.

    What inspired you to start your journey?

      First, I could work in such a great research environment and on such a topic. Second, the idea that guiding cell growth in 3D by distinct tiny structures could be possible.

      Who inspired you the most along this journey?

        My doctor fathers Prof. Martin Bastmeyer and Prof. Martin Wegener.

        What motivates you the most for your work?

          Generating new ideas and processes to help researchers to boost their output.

          What do you think is (are) the biggest challenge(s) in 3D Printing/bio-printing? What do you think the potential solution(s) is (are)?

            Vascularization of bigger tissues and printing several cell types at the correct position.

            What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”?

              Do what you like and what you are good at. If you are dedicated to a topic, the right doors will open up.

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