Interview with Gustaf Mårtensson: Brighter’s project leader at Mycronic

Brighter is a European Project that brings together different academic and industrial partners to develop a new 3D bioprinting technology able to produce human tissues at high speed and with high spatial resolution. This innovative technology is based on light-sheet lithography and an original top-down approach.

Gustaf Mårtensson has a background in fluid mechanics and works at Mycronic, a Swedish high-tech company that has been active in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. He works connecting technological solutions from Mycronic with new applications, and he is also adjunct researcher at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, within clinical diagnostics. In summary, one of his main tasks is to connect people among them. You can check in this video what his daily life at work looks like! You can also read the interview to get to know more about Gustaf and his participation in BRIGHTER project. Enjoy it!

Can you describe yourself in a couple of lines?

I’m Gustaf Mårtensson and I have a background in fluid mechanics from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. I work in technology development finding new technological solutions for our applications, but also new applications for our technologies. I’m also adjunct researcher at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, within clinical diagnostics.

What is your role/position within Brighter?

I’m Project leader together with Robert Eklund for the BRIGHTER project at Mycronic and I organise the work of all our experts in optics, lasers and data handling.

Could you tell us a little bit about the concrete work you’re involved in inside Brighter project?

Our work is focused on the actual patterning technology together with Göethe Universität in Frankfurt with Francesco, Louise, Sven and Levin. The technology will be able to address individual spatial elements (voxels) in the hydrogel which means that we have to be able to control the laser light in space in time. Mycronic’s part of the device is scanning the laser in one direction and controlling the intensity in time using acousto-optical methods. This will be combined with GUFs module that will scan in an orthogonal direction and house the sample in an appropriate environment.

What are the expected results?

The outcome of our work is the combination of the two modules resulting in the actual patterning device, which together with the work of Cellendes, IBEC and Technion will result in digitally defined patterned tissue.

How do you feel about being a part of this European Project?

This project is one of the highlights of my work week. Sure, it’s challenging, but that’s what makes it fun. I get to work with super talented people at Mycronic and I get to collaborate with great people at GUF, Cellendes, IBEC, and Technion!