3D Print reports on the announcement of an exciting new partnership in the field of 3D printed biotechnology. Indiana University and Lung Biotechnology PBC have joined forces in order to expedite the arrival of 3D printed human organs.
Specifically, faculty at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine have brokered a deal with the Maryland-based organ transplantation technologies company. “The hope is that the $9 million project will result in the knowledge necessary to make the dream of 3D printing organs into a reality.” The faculty at IU have already taken the first steps towards this eventual goal: they can already generate tissues via the wonders of 3D printing.
However, with the extra funds provided to them by this project and partnership, the researchers will “analyze the [3D printed] tissues and their structures in order to possibly unlock the key to more advanced organ creation.”
However, Dr. Lester Smith, who is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at IU School of Medicine, explains just how long this project will take – and the reasons for its length: “[I]f someone has a skin burn, maybe we can replace skin. Or if someone has a bad liver then we can replace the liver entirely. But this is way down the road. Most of our tissues which make up our organs have a lot of different cell types. They are also vascularized, which means they have a lot of blood vessels that are basically channeling through them. When we get there that’s when I can tell you how long it took. That’s because the body is so complex and there are so many different parts and so many responses. I couldn’t tell you how long it would take but we’re on the road to that destination.”
Of course, there is great hope for 3D printed organs – we’ll just have to wait for them a little while longer.
Image and Quotes Courtesy of Indiana University and 3D Print