3D Bioprinter - First of its Kind
Medicine on the Cutting Edge
This is remarkable innovation. Millions of Americans suffer from non-healing wounds. A team at Wake Forrest University have developed a 3D bioprinter that can selectively layer skin cells to heal a large wound or burn. The process is personalized to the patient. The bioprinter is filled with the patient's own skin cells.
There are a number of firsts involved in this innovation. The bioprinter is mobile and can be wheeled directly to the patient's bed. It enables on-site management of large wounds by 3D laser scanning and measuring them in order to deposit cells directly where they're needed to create new skin. It selectively layers in two types of cells. Fibroplasts are placed on the deepest part of the wound and keratinocytes on top.
Mimics Natural Healing
The 3D bioprinter and the healing process it delivers replicate natural tissue and promotes healing. The team has successfully demonstrated proof of concept and now will take it through human trials.