3D Bioprinting Possibilities and Challenges

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Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on Corning Synthemax II polystyrene microcarriers (WWW.CORNING.COM)

Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on Corning Synthemax II polystyrene microcarriers (WWW.CORNING.COM)

Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting is the newest addition to the regenerative medicine family. Now within the industry dedicated to providing more personalized drug products, this new additive-manufacturing technology has the potential to truly focus on individual tissue repair and replacement. In a short period of time, 3D bioprinting has been applied in studies using bones, blood vessels, composite tissues, vascular grafts, tracheal splints, cartilaginous structures, heart tissue (e.g., two-valve heart), and vaginal organs (1).

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Maribel Rios is managing editor of BioProcess International; mrios@bioprocessintl.com.