US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces (Video)

3D print drugs

US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces

A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. Because the technique can print multiple medications into a single dose on a dissolvable strip, microneedle patch or other dosing device, it could make life easier for patients who today must take multiple medications every day. The work could also have important implications for the drug development process.

A team of University of Michigan researchers, in a study lead by materials science and engineering professor Max Shtein and U-M graduate researcher Olga Shalev, Continue reading “US researchers develop technology that can 3D print drugs on wide variety of surfaces (Video)”

New method to 3D Print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures, developed by Oxford researchers

3D Print laboratory-grown cells

New method to 3D Print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures, developed by Oxford researchers

The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.

Printing high-resolution living tissues is hard to do, as the cells often move within printed structures and can collapse on themselves. But, led by Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology in Oxford’s Department of Chemistry, the team devised a way to produce tissues in self-contained cells that support the structures to keep their shape.

The cells were contained within protective nanolitre droplets wrapped in a lipid coating that could be assembled, layer-by-layer, into living structures. Producing printed tissues in this way improves the survival rate of the individual cells, and allowed the team to improve on current techniques by building each tissue one drop at a time to a more favourable resolution. Continue reading “New method to 3D Print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures, developed by Oxford researchers”

3D Printing Ushers in New Era for the Pharmaceutical Industry

3D Printing Ushers in New Era for the Pharmaceutical Industry. Three-dimensional (3D)-printing technology is on track to change the way we make things and drug manufacturing is no exception. After more than two decades of research on the application of 3D printers in drug manufacturing, the FDA has approved for the very first time a drug formulation produced using 3D-printing technology. The approved drug, Spritam (levetiracetam), is a prescription medicine used as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. Continue reading “3D Printing Ushers in New Era for the Pharmaceutical Industry”

New University of Nottingham Lab to 3D Print Medicine, Electronics, & More

Universities and governments the world over have been launching state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities to drive the growth of cutting edge research.  The latest is definitely one to be excited about, as it involves a fascinating leader in the field of advanced 3D printing research, the University of Nottingham. Continue reading “New University of Nottingham Lab to 3D Print Medicine, Electronics, & More”

Aprecia Preps to 3D Print Medicine with New Facility (VIDEO)

Since its conception, the 3D printing of pharmaceuticals has been an exciting idea, yet to fully be put into practice. Lee Cronin, of the University of Glasgow, discussed his vision of a future in which medicines, tailored to individual patients in terms of dose and chemical make-up, would be 3D printed at a local pharmacy or even at home.  Continue reading “Aprecia Preps to 3D Print Medicine with New Facility (VIDEO)”