Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Johns Hopkins University are using a bioprinter that preserves cells better than the traditional scaffold 3-D printing technique, according to a reportin TechRepublic.
The robotic 3-D printer is called the Regenova. Made by Tokyo-based Cyfuse Biomedical, Regenova places groups of cells called spheroids in fine needle arrays, following pre-designed 3-D data. The cells then bond and fuse into tissue.
The Regenova can print tubular body parts, such as veins and arteries, the report said. The IUPUI researchers are working on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine projects in vascular and musculoskeletal biology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and cancer, according to a university statement.
|See Tim Lew of AxoGen discuss, "Advances in 3-D Printing Capabilities for Medical Device Development," at BIOMEDevice San Jose, December 7-8, 2016.|
[Image courtesy of Cyfuse]