About the lattice above: @nihgov “Bioprinted skin tissue has the potential for aiding drug screening, formulation development, clinical transplantation, chemical and cosmetic testing, as well as basic research. Limitations of conventional skin tissue engineering approaches have driven the development of biomimetic skin equivalent via 3D bioprinting. Here you see a 3-D fluorescence image of a bioprinted skin tissue model that includes a bottom dermis layer of fibroblasts and endothelial cells forming capillaries (red) surrounded by collagen IV as extracellular matrix protein (red), and a top layer of keratinocyte cells forming a matured epidermis. Cells were labeled with phalloidin, a dye that stains the actin cytoskeleton of cells (blue). This work is being done in NIH’s NCATS labs.” Credit: Lucia Liu, Molly Boutin and M.J. Song, NCATS
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3D Printing to Improve Healthcare for Children
I run the Engineering Prototypes and Implants for Children Lab, also known as the EPIC Lab, which is based in Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney, Australia. The focus of the EPIC Lab is to use 3D technology to develop pediatric medical devices with the goal of improving children’s lives. Combining my background in engineering and science with our clinical and academic leads, Professor David Little (pediatric orthopedic surgeon) and Professor Joshua Burns (Professor of pediatric neuromuscular rehabilitation), our work is driven by needs in the medical and surgical care of children. We are lucky to be co-located with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which enables us to work closely with many varied healthcare professionals on the frontline of children’s care. Our interdisciplinary team includes engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians, who are all driven by the goal of making children’s lives better.
3D Med 19 Conference (Australia) Recap
Australia’s largest 3D technologies in medicine conference were back for its 5th consecutive year this year held on the 14-16th November, at AAMI Park. This year’s conference boasted its largest and best-ever program that would delve deep into the topics of 3D printing, 3D modeling and segmentation, AR/VR, MedTech innovation, ethics and governance, and for the first time a bioprinting session.
This Week’s 3DHEALS Instagram Photo Winner: Impressive application team w several new #materials to choose from including new flexible #resin from @formlabs#rsna#rsna19@btech_innovation@cynthiolo
Recent news stories and shares, PLUS our 2 cents.
How 3D Printing Allows Medtech to ‘Re-Imagine Innovation’ Advances in 3D printing have been driving medtech innovation for some time, and every new technological advance offers new potential for progress. Cynthia Star is helping drive such innovation as director, technology transfer, Johnson & Johnson, 3D Printing Center of Excellence. Inspired by the opportunities offered by 3D printing, Star is helping R&D, marketing, supply chain, and partners around the world work together to bring about medtech advances.
UAB Bioprinter Shows Potential to Accelerate Tissue Engineering
Similar to the Cyfuse bioprinter but faster, the UAB proof-of-concept bioprinter picks up multiple spheroids at the same time and places them simultaneously on a matrix of pins. The UAB prototype used a 4-by-4 matrix of 16 pins, so 16 spheroids could be placed at once, with a cycle speed of 45 seconds. Watch the video here.
The Long Road to Reliable Organ PrintingA brief review of recent advancements towards a functional organ.
Scientists Push Bioprinting Capability Forward
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists are the first to report using bioprinting to print a tracheal tissue construct comprised of multiple different functional materials. They printed different designs of smooth muscle and cartilage regions in artificial tracheal substitutes showing similar mechanical properties to human tracheal tissue.
Volumetric Bioprinting: The New Paradigm in Regenerative Medicine In order to overcome these limitations, Professor Riccardo Levato of the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Professor Christophe Moser of École Polytechnique Fédéral Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, have proposed a new strategy for the 3D bioprinting. In their recently published article they present a “Volumetric Bioprinting” (VBP) approach to create any convoluted free-form geometry with unprecedented speed of fabrication.
FDA Grants Rare Pediatric Disease Status for Outer Ear Reconstruction SystemThe AuriNovo living ear-shaped tissue is designed to be implanted under the patient’s skin to replace the microtia-affected ear. It is 3D-bioprinted with 3DBio’s ColVivo bio-ink and GMPrint bioprinter and seeded with the patient’s auricular cartilage cells. The tissue is matched in shape to the patient’s contralateral ear for implantation.
GE Healthcare Partners with Formlabs to Help Doctors 3D Print Patient-Specific Anatomical Models Another software and hardware company partnership, further demonstrating the value of end-to-end workflow management in point-of-care 3D printing service. This bundle includes Formlabs 3D printers and substrates and GE Healthcare’s Advantage Workstation (AW), the advanced visualization software used to prepare the 3D models for printing.
Jumbo 3D Manufacturing Partners with MOBILIS Medical for 3D Printing in HealthcareJumbo 3D is partnering up with Modern Bionic Limb Solutions (MOBILIS) Medical Manufacturing to enable 3D manufacturing in healthcare in the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions.
Wolf Schweitzer: “3D Printing is Helping to Develop Forensic Devices”Virtosy, a new concept in forensic medicine.
This Week’s 3DHEALS Instagram Video Winner: Congratulations! @esun3dfilament “Having fun with #eSUN Flexible #Resin! Rubber-like resin, high elasticity, and softness, with great tear-resistance and high precision. It can be used for mobile phone cases, medical models, medical devices, toys, shoe molds, and space flights that require elasticity.”
Events & Opportunities
Upcoming events from the 3DHEALS community and beyond.
Friday, 12/13/2019 (Sao Paulo, Brazil) This will bee a happy hour led by our community manager Dr. Mayra Vasques, aiming to connect with early adopters, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors in the space of healthcare 3D printing, biofabrication, 3D bioprinting, and regenerative medicine. This is an informal gathering, but Mayra will be gathering people interested in joining a Brazilian delegate to 3DHEALS2020 next June (June 5th and June 6th, 2020). Registration is free.
Friday, 1/10/2020 (San Francisco, Online) Pitch3D #4. Since April 20th, 2018, 3DHEALS has hosted six major online and offline #Pitch3D sessions, introducing 30+ startups from all over the world to institutional investors who are interested in healthcare 3D printing, bioprinting, and adjacent fields including AI and cybersecurity (within 3D printing), 3D scanning, VR/AR, 3D Visualization, synthetic materials, and regenerative medicine. In other words, we focus on technologies that will enable decentralized and personalized healthcare a reality in our lifespan. Read more. Apply here.
Tuesday, 1/14/2020 (San Francisco) Join the 3DHEALS community during JP Morgan conference 2020 for a fun night of networking, cocktails, Ping Pong match at the SF landmark, SPIN. Attendees must complete application via Eventbrite and must be relevant to 3DHEALS, healthcare 3D printing, bioprinting, regenerative medicine, past startups pitched at Pitch3D, or from one of the following partners: Indiebio, HAX, YC, QB3, Stanford BioDesign, MIT Alumn. (We are currently SOLD OUT. If you are a registered 3DHEALS member, you can email: [email protected] to be waitlisted.)
Thursday, 1/16/2020 (Detroit, Michigan) Join SME and 3DHEALS for this collaborative event hosted by Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, focusing on 3D printing in healthcare. Registration link to come soon at 3DHEALS.COM so stay tuned
Mark your calendar for a tentative event in Chicago IL in Feb/March 2020, Boston in March 2020, NC and NYC in April 2020.
Friday and Saturday, 6/5/2020-6/6/2020 3DHEALS2020 (San Francisco). Join the world’s largest healthcare 3D printing and 3D bioprinting conference. Apply to speak, sponsor, exhibit, and more. Stay tuned for 3DHEALS2020 Award Announcement.
Check out some of our partners’ upcoming event below, and lots of other upcoming events here:
Tuesday, January 7th, 2019 (San Francisco) Tissue Engineering Journal Club 7:30-9:30 PM, IndieBio, 479 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 11-12th, 2020 (Boston, MA) The Business of 3D Printing: Medicine, Dentistry, and Metal. Use “3DHEALS” for 10% Discount code.
March 2020, TBD Y Combinator Demo Day – Twice a year, Y Combinator’s latest batch of startups present to an invite-only audience of approximately 1,000 investors and media. Stay tuned for more details.
April 21-23, 2020 MEET showcase (RAPID+TCT, Anaheim, CA). SME and their Medical Advisor community will sponsor a showcase arena for new, innovative companies impacting medicine and patient care. Our showcase, Medical Enabling and Emerging Technologies (MEET) will allow you to meet other industry professionals and to share your discoveries and progress. The MEET showcase will accept applications to be one of eight companies selected to share your technology with the attendees expected at the RAPID + TCT 2020 conference on April 21-23, 2020 in Anaheim, CA.
Friday, April 24th, 2020 (New York, New York) GRO conference will be from about 10 am to 7 pm at Mount Sinai Hospital. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
May 19-24, 2020 (Glasgow, Scotland) The 11th World’s Biomaterials Congress. Shout out to morning session on “3D Bioprinting: Next Generation Tissue Engineering” co-organized by Drs. Stephanie Willerth and Khoon Lim.