Student demo corner: 3D Bioprinting as a promising tool for retinal regeneration

Beatrice Belgio

Beatrice Belgio, PhD Student, Politecnico di Milano, will demo her project at 3D Medical Conference & Expo

Currently there are no retinal tissue engineered grafts for clinical applications. Our project aims at designing a functional retinal tissue that could be implanted in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration.

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Digital Drug Manufacturing – towards truly personalized drug delivery

Anton Aulbers

by Anton Aulbers, TNO

One of the challenges of the pharma industry is the need for faster development and production of drug dosage forms for ever smaller target groups. TNO has built up a solid position and reputation in the field of 3D printing for the food industry.

Making use of this know-how base TNO is now together with partners, initiating innovations, in the pharma value chain, to unlock the potential of 3D Pharma printing as an enabling technology for cost effective small scale drug product manufacturing, dose personalization, multi-drug combinations and tailored release profiles.

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Using digital twins to design 3D printed implants for skeletal tissue engineering

Liesbet Geris

by Liesbet Geris, University of Liege

One of the major challenges in tissue engineering and an essential step towards successful clinical applications is the translation of biological knowledge on complex cell and tissue behavior into predictive and robust engineering processes. Computational modelling can contribute to this, among others because it allows to study the biological complexity in a more quantitative way. Computational tools can help in quantifying and optimizing micro-environmental signals to which cells and tissues are exposed and in understanding and predicting the biological response under different conditions.

A wide variety of model systems has been presented in the context of tissue engineering ranging from empirical models (data-driven) over gene network models to mechanistic models (hypothesis-based), targeting processes at the intracellular over the cellular up to the tissue level. Each model system has its own benefits and limitations which delineate the context in which it can be used. Whereas mechanistic models are used as in silico tools to design new therapeutic strategies and experiments, empirical models are used to identify, in large data sets, those in vitro parameters (biological, biomaterial, environmental) that are critical for the in vivo outcome.

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What if every scientist had an easy way to print and pattern cells

Ricky Solorzano

by Ricky Solorzano, CEO, Allevi

In an era where bioprinting continues to hold promise sometimes its hard to understand why and how are they useful. What key applications will allow me to take my research to the next level and stay on the cutting edge. Come and listen to the key ways bioprinting is being most commonly used by researchers around the world.

program: https://3dmedicalconference.com/program/

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Boosting bone regeneration: Additive manufacturing of continuous gradient scaffolds using functional composite materials

Maria Camara Torres

by Maria Camara Torres, MERLN Institute for Technology Inspired Regenerative Medicine

Bone fractures, infection related debridement, or tumor resections can lead to large or non-union bone defects, where the normal process of bone regeneration is interrupted and prevent bone self-healing ability. By using scaffolds, tissue engineering aims at providing structural and biological support to regenerate bone. While additive manufacturing (AM) enables to fabricate patient specific 3D scaffolds with optimal mechanical properties and architecture, there is still a need of technologies and materials that allow to fabricate functional scaffolds for regenerating tissues in their complexity.

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In-situ process monitoring during the Selective Laser Melted Ti-6Al-4V porous biomaterials

denis dowling

by Professor Denis Dowling, Director, I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, University College Dublin

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) allows for the creation of complex cellular structures, that possess favourable biological properties, these structures are known as porous biomaterials.

This presentation will provide an overview of the printing of cellular Ti-6Al-4V structures, using a production scale SLM system (Renishaw 500M).

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MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine – Lab Tour during 3D Medical Conference

lab tour

MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine will open its doors for participants of the 3D Medical Conference 2020.

The tour will take place on February 4 and February 5, between 13:00 – 14:00 hours. Meeting point is registration desk at 12:50.

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Student demo corner: Coralie Gréant, Ghent University

Coralie Gréant, PhD Student, Department of Organic and Macromolecular chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group, Ghent University will demo her project at 3D Medical Conference & Expo

This project targets the synthesis of shape memory polymers which are processed into porous scaffolds using 3D printing, in order to realize minimally invasive breast reconstruction.

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3D Printing in Hospitals

hospitals

3D printing already has many applications in hospitals and medicine. But what does it actually mean for the hospital? It’s not just as simple as ordering a 3D printer and that’s it, you can start using it in the operating room.

It is a cross-sector multi-disciplinary complex situation, involving both medical and technical fields – design, new workflows, working with other professionals from different fields and more.

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