Russian Scientists Successfully Implant 3D-Printed Thyroid Gland

A Russian company announced a successful experiment implanting 3D-printed thyroid glands into mice, and the results will be published next week, said Dmitri Fadin, development director at 3D Printing Solutions.

“We had some difficulties during the study, but in the end the thyroid gland turned out to be functional,” Mr. Fadin told RBTH. Continue reading “Russian Scientists Successfully Implant 3D-Printed Thyroid Gland”

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Try to Rebuild Hearts Using Biomaterials Printed with Inexpensive Printers (Video)

As of this month, over 4,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant. With failing hearts, these patients have no other options; heart tissue, unlike other parts of the body, is unable to heal itself once it is damaged. Fortunately, recent work by a group at Carnegie Mellon could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs. Continue reading “Carnegie Mellon Researchers Try to Rebuild Hearts Using Biomaterials Printed with Inexpensive Printers (Video)”

“REGEMAT 3D bioprinting for cartilage regeneration and much more”, Presented by Jose Manuel Baena, REGEMAT 3D

Tissue regeneration (TR) is currently one of the most challenging biotechnology unsolved problems. Tissue engineering (TE) is a multidisciplinary science that aims at solving the problems of TR. TE could solve pathologies and improve the quality of life of billions of people around the world suffering from tissue damages.

New advances in stem cell (SC) research for the regeneration of tissue injuries have opened a new promising research field. However, research carried out nowadays with two-dimensional (2D) cell cultures do not provide the expected results, as 2D cultures do not mimic the 3D structure of a living tissue. Continue reading ““REGEMAT 3D bioprinting for cartilage regeneration and much more”, Presented by Jose Manuel Baena, REGEMAT 3D”

Timpanic Membrane Bioprinted at Maastricht University

Cartilage we can already bioprint with discrete success, as the many images of bioprinted ears circulating around the web clearly seem to demonstrate. But how can we make those ears actually function? For that, we need much more advanced biofabrication processes. What scientists need to do is to find a way to accurately and efficiently 3D print the scaffolds that enable the creation of “end-use”, implantable, complex cartilage implants. Continue reading “Timpanic Membrane Bioprinted at Maastricht University”

New 3D stem cell printing breakthrough could pave the way to individually tailored drug testing regimes

A new breakthrough by the 3D stem cell printing team at Heriot-Watt could pave the way to individually tailored drug testing regimes, both reducing the need for animal testing and ensuring that patients receive drugs which are most effective for their individual needs.

The team, led Dr Will Shu, at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), originally put together the first 3D printer capable of working with delicate stem cells, a valve-based technique sensitive enough to print the sensitive cultures without damaging them. Continue reading “New 3D stem cell printing breakthrough could pave the way to individually tailored drug testing regimes”

US Researchers Develop Biomaterial that Could Be used to Print Load-Bearing Body Parts such as Knee Cartilage

Printing replacement body parts may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but since 3D printing was introduced in the 1980s, scientists have been aspiring to make this a reality. Now, a team from Texas in the US has developed a super tough biomaterial that could be used to print load-bearing body parts such as knee cartilage.

The Texas team 3D printed a meniscus out of an alginate-containing hydrogel Continue reading “US Researchers Develop Biomaterial that Could Be used to Print Load-Bearing Body Parts such as Knee Cartilage”

First Living Cellular Bioink Kits to Be Made Commercially Available

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between news about advances in medicine and the plot for a B movie horror film. The latest developments related to bioprinting are just that kind of material and yet they are part of what is actually happening as medicine and 3D printing technology continue to work together. Just this week, CELLINK and RoosterBio have announced a partnership that allows them to pool their complementary technologies and make Cellular Bioink Kits commercially available. Continue reading “First Living Cellular Bioink Kits to Be Made Commercially Available”