Experts at Sichuan Revotek had a groundbreaking milestone towards health! A breakthrough in 3D printed treatment may save the lives of millions suffering from heart disease.
3D-printed blood vessels were successfully created by scientists, and have been implanted in rhesus monkeys. This innovation could be the initial step to a large-scale printing of artificial organs for humans!
The printer uses a material called bio-ink, which is made from stem cells derived from the fat tissue of monkeys. The product, patented as "Biosynsphere," can grow within any type of cells. It's compatible with living tissues, and initiates cell growth. Thus, eventually working as real blood vessels in the body.
For the experiment, experts replaced a 2-centimeter segment of abdominal artery with a 3-D printed blood vessel in 30 rhesus monkeys. After five days, they noticed the stem cells growing into a type of cells needed to make blood vessels work.
In a month, the 3D printed blood vessels have completely merged with the monkey's artery, and started functioning as real organs.
James Kang, chief scientist and CEO of Sichuan Revotek, said the artificial blood vessels are able to do the work of real organs, such as helping in blood flow and transporting nutrients throughout the body.
"And the bio-ink's capacity to develop collagen, a necessity for the tissue to mold into different shapes, is the first of its kind," Kang told CNN.
Sichuan Revotek will soon test the innovation on humans. The company said they are now applying for regulatory approval of clinical trials.