We all know that the future of regenerative medicine lies in technologies such as 3D bioprinting. The ability to reproduce organs, cartilage, bones, and other soft tissues found within the human body, based on a simple design from a computer model, could have staggering implications … for treating a variety of ailments from cancer to heart disease to major trauma.
If you are at all familiar with the pharmaceutical and surgical industries, then you know how much red tape is involved with the introduction of any sort of new drug, procedure, or medical technology. Animal studies and eventually clinical trials on human beings are just a couple of the required steps needed prior to bringing a new product or procedure to market.
While some economists predict that 3D printing may destroy China’s economy as automation replaces the cheap labor that their trading partners rely on, at the same time, China itself is slowly emerging as a 3D printing/bioprinting powerhouse. In fact, just this week major progress was made in China regarding the 3D printing of biodegradable bone scaffolds. … (read more)