The first artificial cornea, printed on a 3D printer, are ready for transplantation

The cornea is a very important but very delicate part of our body. It is very easily prone to injury and various diseases in which a person can lose vision. The question of creating an artificial cornea scientists wondered for a long time and it seems they have finally made it. Because one of the medical companies dealing with 3D-bioprinting has been able to create ready for transplantation corneas. And if it succeeds, it will be possible to speak about the printing capabilities of other organs.

Currently, about 20% of donor organs patients receive from people who died in car accidents. It is quite a scary figure, but in a different way is simply impossible. Although there is a solution in the form of 3D printed organs. This technology is not new and complex structures of the same internal organs, with their extensive vascular and nervous network to reconstruct is not obtained. But in the case of cornea no such problems.

The company from North Carolina called Precise Bio has developed a new type of bio-printer which can not just “lay” of the cell layers, as with any industrial 3D printer, but to do it in such a way that between the layers there was a communication, it is not enough to simply stack the cells one to another and to the cornea.

“Our first artificial corneas ready for transplant. If successful, we would like to put our printers to the banks of transplantatsii to be able to create the desired tissue right on the spot.” — said General Director of Precise Bio Aryeh BATT.


Bio-printer company Precise Bio, which was created artificial cornea

The company is not going to be the cornea and wants to recreate and other structures of the eye, but also optimistic about the future.

“We want to rebuild the entire system of organ transplant that the doctors were able to use fabric that is printed, and not taken from donors. The company can produce fabrics with the agreed specifications or to print the custom fabric to meet the needs of the patient. This process will allow to depart from the most honest and imperfect distribution system and receipt of donor organs.”

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