With new advancements happening on a regular basis in the world of bioprinting, it’s hard to determine just which company is furthest ahead. Is it Organovo, the publicly traded company already working to create 3D printed mini kidneys with Australian researchers? Or is it one of the many research institutions making advancements in 3D printing ear drums, blood vessels, or carbon composites for bone regeneration? If one had to choose, they might lean towards 3D Bioprinting Solutions, who successfully 3D printed a thyroid gland, classified as an “organ construct”. And, today, news leaked that the Russian company had taken their research one step further, implanting a 3D printed thyroid into mice.
Taking the pill when a heart attack occurs, the muscles and blood vessels around the organ could rebuild themselves.
Researchers in Britain claim they may be just a decade away from perfecting a way to persuade the heart to rejuvenate – a process thought to be impossible just five years ago. They have developed a pill that triggers the heart to repair itself after an attack and is a major step towards one of the “holy grails” of medical research.