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South Korean hospital advances 3D-printed artificial eye technology


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 11th, 2018

Severance Hospital in South Korea is preparing to commercialize the country’s first artificial eye using 3D printing.

According to Severance, roughly 60,000 patients in Korea require an artificial eye, yet only 40,000 have access to such technology.

After three years of research, a team led by Severance professor Yoon Jin-sook has partnered with artificial eye maker Baik Seung-woon to develop a 3D printing process that simplifies the production of an artificial eye. The project has received support from the Ministry of Science and ICT (information and communication technology).

“Our team plans to provide top-notch public health services through high-quality artificial eyes and a network that can increase patient access,” says professor Yoon.

The research team aims to test the safety and validity of prototype products by 2020. It has licensed the technology to local 3D printing company Carima and plans to help the company secure mass production technology for its prototype. The team has also registered a patent for the technology in China.

Source: Korea Biomedical Review

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