3D Printing Companies Getting Closer to Mass Production of Bones, Organs and Implants

Published by , May 2, 2017 12:49 pm

(Bloomberg) After a decade of medical research, a few companies are getting closer to bio printed mass production of higher-order tissues (bone, cartilage, organs) and other individually tailored items, including implants. A few of the leading companies are:
–Organovo has successfully transplanted bio printed human liver tissue into mice to cure chronic liver failure. The company says it plans to begin human clinical trials by 2020.
–Aspect prints bioprinted tissue cells to create structures that resemble parts of the human body, such as an airway or meniscus, to spur easier research on treatments for, say, asthma or muscle tears.
–Materialise designs custom 3D-printable implants, surgical guides, and other medical devices. It’s waiting on approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for implants designed to fuse bones.