What is Bioprinting?
Bioprinting is a technique for manufacturing living tissues and organs. This method combines cells, growth factors, and biomaterials to fabricate 3D living structures that closely mimics the natural tissues. Usually, the biomaterial acts as a support in which cells can grow and produce their own extracellular matrix.
Bioprinting with patients in mind
Why bioprinting matters?
The shortage of transplant organs is a worldwide problem. In fact, the World Health Organisation reported that one person is added to the transplant waiting list every 5 minutes, and around 20 people die every day while waiting for a transplant. Waiting lists for transplant organs can span several years and even decades, which prompts the scientists to turn towards emerging technologies for help against this worldwide issue. 3D bioprinting is at the heart of many of these technologies.
Built on the principles of 3D printing, bioprinting relies on depositing bioink to print living tissues layer-by-layer. We believe that, by putting our combined expertise to the service of humanity, there would be no need to rely on donor organs in the near future, and anyone needing a transplant would receive a personalized organ grown in the lab from their own cells.
Bioprinting holds the promise to solve the shortage of human organs and boost personalized medicine.