Currently there are no retinal tissue engineered grafts for clinical applications. But PhD students at Politecnico di Milano are about to change that. They are working at a project aiming to design functional retinal tissue that could be implanted in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration.
Currently, the most affordable myoelectric bionic prosthetics cost more than $10,000. But Augment Bionics is going to change that. They are developing software and manufacturing methods that will ultimately reduce production costs and the patient-clinician contact time.
Continue reading “Glimpse into the future: 3D printing for breast reconstruction, microrobotics, regenerative medicine, bionic prosthetics & more”
by Heidi Öblom, PhD student, Åbo Akademi University
To date, the lack of age-appropriate medicines for many indications require dose manipulation of commercially available dosage forms, which frequently results in inaccurate doses and dose fluctuations. Various printing technologies have recently been explored in the pharmaceutical ﬁeld due to the ﬂexible and precise nature of the techniques. In this presentation, a conventional method to produce patient-tailored doses for pediatrics at a hospital pharmacy will be compared to 2D and 3D-printed personalized dosage forms. The presentation will, furthermore, discuss the advantages and limitations of each manufacturing method.
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by Natalja Genina, Associate professor, University of Copenhagen
The conventional manufacturing methods for pharmaceutical dosage forms have limitations in provision of personalized medicine in regard to patient-tailored dose, surface design, color, etc. Furthermore, the end-users have difficulties in identifying their own medicine. In addition, falsified medicines become more and more sophisticated.
Continue reading “Cryptopharmaceuticals: Smart dosage forms”
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”
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”
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”
As the pharmaceutical industry shifts from mass manufacture towards personalised medicine, 3D printing could become part of the drug production line. Continue reading “3D printing: the future of manufacturing medicine?”
3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, used to be the manufacturing industry’s best kept secret but now the technology is being used to transform many industries, including medicine. Over the past year, hospitals around the world have begun talking about their burgeoning use of 3D printing in health care, … Continue reading “3D printing in medicine: How the technology is increasingly being used to save lives (VIDEO)”
3D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. These study results were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading “3D printing offers innovative method for delivering medication”
Intel’s stand at the Wearable Technology Show is all about health and fitness – and it appears that the company is working on some potentially exciting things in health care. Continue reading “Is 3D Printing The Future Of Medicine? Intel Seems To Think So (VIDEO)”