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Rice University start-up develops 3D-printed organ replacement tech


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 5th, 2019

A Rice University spinoff is using 3D printing technology to create replacement organs that could be used in humans as well as replace animal testing models.

Volumetric’s technology uses a mix of medical plastics and human cells to create an artificial organ that could one day be implanted in humans. The start-up is selling both the hydrogel solutions used for printing organs and the printers themselves, which are fitted with every component necessary to print living tissues. The printer is made and sold in cooperation with CellInk, a larger bioprinting company.

The technology has a variety of potential applications beyond organ replacement, which the founders estimate may be 10 years down the road. For example, much sooner it could render animal testing obsolete, as testing on 3D-printed human cells would be far more effective and accurate.

Rice researcher Jordan Miller and bioengineering graduate student Bagrat Grigoryan, co-founders of Volumetric, say the start-up now has demo models of its technology and expects to start shipping printers in late June, pending final certifications.

“We do see that this technology is highly scalable,” says Miller. “We believe we have the technology to make organ replacements for people.”

Source: Innovation Map

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