3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape

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3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape

As news of the latest advancement in experimental 3D printing of tissue and organ regeneration gains attention, it would be easy to believe that 3D printing in the medical field only happens in the lab. However, new equipment and devices are being 3D printed now and in real world settings.

After years of feasibility studies, 3D printing for medical equipment and prostheses is becoming reality.

Reports have continually shown that 3D printed devices are both practical and less expensive than traditional options. For example, a University of South Florida study related to prosthesis molds found that “Owing to the similarity of the 3D printed materials and the traditional materials, the 3D printed molds are easily integrated into current processing procedures.” And a UK study observed that 3D printed sensors added onto a prosthesis could help medical professionals increase comfort levels for the prosthesis wearer. In addition to better comfort, these sensors improved overall patient care. Continue reading “3D printing is quickly reshaping the medical device landscape”

Global 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach USD 1.82 billion by 2022

Global 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach USD 1.82 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc.

Rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) which demands kidney transplantation is expected to boost the market growth, as 3D bioprinting is convenient and cost effective substitute for organ transplantation. Continue reading “Global 3D bioprinting market is expected to reach USD 1.82 billion by 2022”

3D printing of medicines could lead to problems with identifying the patented drug product, attorneys warn

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The FDA’s approval of the first 3D-printed drug could lead to complicated product liability and intellectual property issues, attorneys told Bloomberg BNA recently.

The 3D printing of drugs products could lead to problems with identifying the patented drug product and with identifying who is considered the manufacturer for product liability purposes, the attorneys said. Continue reading “3D printing of medicines could lead to problems with identifying the patented drug product, attorneys warn”

Bioprinting: Ushering in a new era of medicine

A year and a half ago, Dr. Albert Chi, a surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an expert in prosthetic devices, was talking to a group of parents whose children suffered from congenital limb loss. He told them that prices don’t make it feasible to fit children with advanced prosthetic devices — kids will outgrow them in months, and more money will have to be spent upsizing a prosthetic hand or limb. That’s when one parent challenged Chi: Hadn’t he heard of 3-D printing? Continue reading “Bioprinting: Ushering in a new era of medicine”

Pharma Interest in 3D Printing

Pharma Interest in 3D Printing.The notion of tailor-made drugs, which are customised to an individual patient’s needs, has seen remarkable progress of late. This has culminated in the achievement of recent ground-breaking pharma innovation in the area of technology known as three dimensional (3D) printing.

The progression within the industry in the potential use of this technology is obvious, with the recent announcement of the first 3D printed drug in the world to gain approval from a regulator, in this case the FDA’s green light for Aprecia’s Spritam (levetiracetam). Although 3D printing has already been incorporated in other medical fields such as prosthetics, it is the first time technology of this kind has been adopted and approved for the production of drugs for human use. Continue reading “Pharma Interest in 3D Printing”

How Does 3D Medicine Work?

How Does 3D Medicine Work?The pharmaceuticals industry turned over a new leaf earlier this month when the US Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead for production of a 3D-printed pill. The step marked the emergence of ‘3D medicine,’ a new term that will categorically shape the future of pharmaceuticals. Intrigued? You’re not alone. The approval made global headlines however not everyone is 100% clear on what 3D medicine means, and how it will impact the pharmaceuticals industry as we know it. Here’s our explanation: Continue reading “How Does 3D Medicine Work?”

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”

Tissue Engineering and Dental Implants Set to Boost 3D Printing in Healthcare to a $1.2 Billion Market by 2020

3D printing (3DP) or additive manufacturing (AM) is used to convert a 3D model into a three dimensional object and the material used for this purpose is called 3DP material. 3D printing has begun to flourish in various application areas in healthcare such as dental, medical, implants, drug manufacturing and so on. Continue reading “Tissue Engineering and Dental Implants Set to Boost 3D Printing in Healthcare to a $1.2 Billion Market by 2020”