“Patient Specific Implants – Success Cases” – Presented by José Manuel Baena Martinez, BRECA Health Care

In order to reach the best possible outcomes, patient’s individualities should be taken into account, off-the shelf solutions are therefore limited in this particularity. The solution is patient-specific implants that perfectly fit the patient’s anatomy and guarantee optimum results. Continue reading ““Patient Specific Implants – Success Cases” – Presented by José Manuel Baena Martinez, BRECA Health Care”

Marcy Zenobi-Wong, ETH Zürich, Presents: “BioPrinting Cartilage”

Bioprinting is an emerging technology for the fabrication of patient-specific, anatomically-complex cartilage organs. Bioinks based on regulatory-compliant polysaccharides are being developed which undergoes cell friendly gelation and yield a strong, ductile material. To make bioinks more tissue-specific and bioactive, micronized extracellular matrix particles can be added. As examples, 3D auricular, nasal, meniscal and vertebral disc grafts based on computer tomography (CT) data or generic 3D models are shown. The bioink supports proliferation and deposition of matrix proteins. This versatile bioprinting method can produce patient-specific cartilage grafts with good mechanical and biological properties. Continue reading “Marcy Zenobi-Wong, ETH Zürich, Presents: “BioPrinting Cartilage””

Chris Arts, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Will Speak at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference

Dr Chris Arts, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Will Speak about “High resolution imaging to study implant material and host tissue interaction of 3-D printed medical devices” at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference.

With the emergence of 3-D printed implants in the field of orthopaedic surgery it is most important to assess safety and efficacy in clinical patients. Furthermore these imaging techniques enable early screening of patients at risk for treatment failure . In this presentation several imaging techniques for this purpose such as MRI, HRpQCT and 18F-Fluoride PET-CT will be discussed. Continue reading “Chris Arts, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Will Speak at the 3D Medtech Printing Conference”

“Biofabrication: Print your heart out” – Presented by Dirk-Jan Cornelissen, Heriot-Watt University

New drugs can take more than 10 years to develop, and only around 16% of drug candidates that begin pre-clinical testing are approved for human use. This low success rate is partially due to the different responses of humans and the animal models currently used for testing. A key challenge in bioprinting has been the development of more gentle printing processes to preserve cellular functions. By encapsulating cells inside a gel, complex 3D structures can be printed with cells suspended throughout. Continue reading ““Biofabrication: Print your heart out” – Presented by Dirk-Jan Cornelissen, Heriot-Watt University”