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May 6, 2019

3D-printed vascular networks pave way for artificial organs

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical

“One of the biggest roadblocks to generating functional tissue replacements has been our inability to print the complex vasculature that can supply nutrients to densely populated tissues,” said Jordan Miller, assistant professor at Rice University in the US.

“Further, our organs actually contain independent vascular networks — like the airways and blood vessels of the lung or the bile ducts and blood vessels in the liver,” Miller said.

“These interpenetrating networks are physically and biochemically entangled, and the architecture itself is intimately related to tissue function. Ours is the first bioprinting technology that addresses the challenge of multi vascularisation in a direct and comprehensive way,” he said.

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Apr 27, 2019

Scientist: “Alien Life Now Seems Inevitable and Possibly Imminent”

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, alien life, bioprinting

The cosmos are filled with roughly Earth-sized exoplanets. Various moons, comets, and planets have stores of water, organic molecules, and amino acids like those that make up life on Earth.

Cathal O’Donnell, a 3D bioprinting researcher at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbournethose odds — he argues in The Conversation that the abundance of potentially habitable worlds out there makes the discovery of extraterrestrial life “inevitable and possibly imminent.”

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Apr 23, 2019

2D stacking method could make 3D-printed organs viable

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, robotics/AI

In an effort to scale up the manufacture of biomaterials, researchers at UC Berkeley have combined bioprinting, a robotic arm, and flash freezing in a method that may one day allow living tissue, and even whole organs, to be printed on demand. By printing cells into 2D sheets and then freezing them as assembled, the new technique improves cell survival during both building and storage.

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Mar 6, 2019

5 Amazing Projects That Will Change the Future of Healthcare

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, engineering

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As the head of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s innovative Cancer Center, Bhargava has been plugging away at injecting more advanced engineering solutions into medical problems. The freeform 3D printer is one of the first futuristic achievements of that effort.

But Bhargava’s project is just one of a wave of technologies that stand to transform medicine and healthcare as we know it; to make them faster, more accurate, and hopefully, drastically more affordable. Microneedle patches, handheld diagnostic machines, and better sensing capabilities, as well as 3D bioprinting, are just a few of the technologies coming to a doctor’s office near you—or maybe even into your home—in the next decade.

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Feb 28, 2019

Korea: Researchers 3D Printing Tracheas with Epithelial Cells & Chondrocytes

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Korean researchers have been experimenting further in the bioprinting of tracheal implants, publishing recent results in ‘Trachea with Autologous Epithelial Cells and Chondrocytes.’ The team of scientists details their use of polycaprolactone and hydrogel mixed with nasal epithelial and auricular cartilage cells.

After bioprinting an artificial trachea with these materials and tissue, they transplanted them into 15 rabbits, six of which were a control group. The goal was to find a way to overcome tracheal problems due to tumors, the most common of which are adenoid cystic carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Previously there have been substantial challenges in creating viable tracheas that are anatomically correct and can produce a ciliated epithelium. Issues have arisen with infection, implants that become dislodged, have migrated, or experienced obstruction.

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Feb 25, 2019

Fighting Aging With Stress, Randomness, Complexity and Usefulness — Dr. Marios Kyriazis — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, bioprinting, biotech/medical, cosmology, DNA, evolution, genetics, health

Jan 14, 2019

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting

A new study shows that 3D-printing a section of spinal cord, living cells and all, restored movement in injured rats.

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Dec 16, 2018

United Therapeutics to Develop CollPlant Technologies for 3D Bioprinted Lung Transplants

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United Therapeutics will license, develop, and commercialize CollPlant Holdings’ recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) and BioInk technology for 3D bioprinting of solid-organ scaffolds for human transplants, the companies said today, through a collaboration that could generate more than $44 million.

Through its wholly- owned organ manufacturing and transplantation-focused subsidiary Lung Biotechnology PBC, United Therapeutics has been granted what the companies termed an exclusive license “throughout the universe” by CollPlant to its technology for producing and using rhCollagen-based BioInk for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.

Lung Biotechnology PBC is a public benefit corporation formed to address the acute national shortage of transplantable lungs and other organs with a variety of technologies that either delay the need for such organs or expand the supply.

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Dec 11, 2018

Organs grown in space: Russian scientists 3D-print mouse’s thyroid on ISS in world first

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, space

Medical research has taken a leap into the future as Russian scientists have managed to grow a mouse’s thyroid in zero gravity using a 3D bioprinter on the International Space Station (ISS). And human organs may be next in line.

The breakthrough device dubbed Organaut was delivered to the ISS by a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on December 3 by Expedition 58.

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Nov 28, 2018

3D.fab’s BioAssemblyBot Wants to 3D Print Skin onto People

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, robotics/AI

3D bioprinting continues to diversify as more and more companies and research organizations join the field, each bringing their own take on the technology to the table. French collaborative platform 3D.fab has an intriguing approach towards bioprinting that involves a freeform robot capable of directly printing on a part of the body. In the video below, the BioAssemblyBot prints what appears to be a bandage directly on an arm:

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