Creating Human Arteries and Living Tissue with 3D Printing
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Organovo has been able to create simulated human arteries that are developed outside of the body using vascular bioprinting. They are viable tissue with layered architecture. These arteries are able to withstand 6 times the normal blood pressure and therefore may be implantable in the human body.
Consider patients who experience trauma or disease and need arterial transplants. 3D printed arteries could be game-changing for this class of surgeries.
With similar technology, Organovo can create living tissue, such as heart tissue, that can be implanted during surgery and thrive with the existing tissue. “We can build tissues that are significant larger than any other approach,” said Mr. Murphy. Before bioprinting full organs can be commericalized, which Murphy hinted may be in the future, simple tissue can be generated and stitched into the body.
Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo, shared his outlook on the company’s future milestones:
Development and launch of 3D Liver
Scientific proof of concept – April 2013
Functional validation: testing against known drugs – December 2013
Delivery to KOLs: alpha and beta testing – April 2014
Product launch – December 2014
Follow on cell assay product launches
Multiple additional pharma partnerships
Developed disease models
Cancer model readouts over 12-24 months: kidney, others
Therapeutic tissue proof of concept and path to clinical