Using 3D Bioprinting To Transform Transplants

A new partnership between Yale University and a leading 3D biology company has been announced. With the help of industry experts, the Yale researchers plan to transform how tissues are 3D printed for transplant applications.

Tissue engineering is an exciting segment of medical research involving a diverse array of disciplines. The field has benefited from expertise in cell biology, materials science, and surgery. One common approach for tissue engineering is known as the cell-based approach, and it usually combines a patient’s own cells with a scaffold to create a functional, tissue-like implant. Ideally, once this partly living composite is placed in the body, the cells within it mesh with the physiology of the patient, eventually becoming a part of the patient’s anatomy. However, the technique has not been completely successful yet.

With an eye on taking this field of research to a place where it can be applied in the real world, Yale University is now teaming up with industry, according to a recent article from YaleNews. The team is composed of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, along with an undisclosed 3D biology company. … (Read more)