Bioprinting has come a long way over the last number of years as a result of the hard work of many individuals and teams in the field. Bioprinting would not be where it is at today if it weren’t for these dedicated individuals that are constantly researching and advancing the possibilities of 3D biological organ printing.
One important figure was mentioned in our previous blogs; Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of the process to revert adult cells into stem cells, thereby providing a solution to the stem cell controversy.
Another person who has had a huge impact on bioprinting is Dr. Anthony Atala, who works at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Atala was able to successfully print a human bladder which had been implanted into a young patient with Spina Bifida, the malformation in fetal development causing a split spine. This young patient made a full recovery. His work is very inspiring, and has helped not only that young patient but the entire field of bioprinting as well.
The team of researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina has also made a big impact on the bioprinting world. They have developed a device that fits over a hospital bed, which can print new cells directly over burnt or wounded cells on a patient. This will drastically reduce both the healing time and the level of discomfort experienced by burn victims. This technology is truly amazing, and it can change many lives in the future.
These are only a few of a long list of people and teams that have played a large part in the advancement of bioprinting technology and processes. We chose to acknowledge them because they have helped people that were suffering and deserve recognition for that. It is minds like these that will help to make biological printing a reality and motivate our student team to continue our research on bioprinting for our webinar.
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