Feb 212017
 

Spanish scientists have developed a 3D bioprinter capable of creating functional human skin. The invention, which is the outcome of three years of intensive research, opens a new way to producing skin for both therapeutic and industrial applications.

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3D Bioprinter (public domain)

Juan Francisco del Cañizo, the director of the Experimental Surgery Division at Gregorio Maranon Hospital of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, claims “this is the first method proving that entirelly functional skin can be manufactuered via a 3-D printing technology”.

The method has its advantages, he said, because “it shortens the skin manufacturing process and makes the product cost-effective and more affordable.”

The prototype can print both allogeneic and autologous skin. “The autologous skin is made of patient’s cells for therapeutic purposes, such as treating severe burns”, said del Canizo.

“The allogeneic skin is obtained from a stock of cells and eventually scaled out for industrial processes such as testing of pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetic products”.

The project has been developed as a joined research involving Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), the Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and bio-engineering company BioDan Group.

Source: ScienceDaily.

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