Queensland University in Australia Joins the 3D Organ Printing Mission

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Top universities around the world are dedicating more and more resourced to 3D Bio printing. The latest to announce their plan is the Queensland University of Technology teaming with the Herston Health Precinct in Brisbane, Australia.

According to an article by Engadget’s Steve Dent: the center will provide a “space where doctors and researchers can develop tech to model and print cartilage, bone and other human tissue.”

Australian Minister of Health Cameron Dick told the Brisbane Times in an article quoted by Dent, “It will be the first time a biomanufacturing institute will be co-located with a high-level hospital… researchers, scientists, nurses and doctors will all be working together to deliver the best outcome for patients. Our vision for healthcare is that the biofabrication institute will pave the way for 3D printers to sit in operating theatres, ready to print tissue as needed, in our hospitals of the future.”

Transplant patients have faced difficulties for centuries from the almost impossible wait list to their bodies’ rejection of the foreign organs and tissues. Once perfected, 3D printed organ tissues will eliminate wait lists almost entirely and the problems of bodily rejection will no longer suffice as the new tissues would be generated from the patient’s own body.

Amy Mitchell-Whittington wrote in the Brisbane Times, “The institute would have a wide range of capabilities across the two floors, including tissue engineering, clinical scanning and visualisation, 3D modelling and manufacturing, educational spaces and innovation hubs.”

According to Dent, the technology is currently limited to the production of simple biological structures like bones and cartilage

In the words of Minister of Health Cameron Dick, “This institute, opening in 2017, will catapult Queensland onto the global stage as a leader in medical innovation and technology that will change the face of healthcare. We anticipate that within the next five years, this institute will be attracting $10-15 million in investment each year.”

With the work of Harvard, Wake Forest, Queensland, and other top programs, it is only a matter-of-time before this breakthrough in medicine becomes a common occurrence to us.

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