This 3D printer is seen as a breakthrough in artificial organ production. Its ‘bio-ink’ box transports nutrients and stem cells to create artificial blood vessels that are personalised for the donor. The creation of blood vessels is the last piece of the puzzle that scientists require to create artificial organs.
How they’re disrupting
The potential is significant as it’s a step closer to the transplant of artificial organs that are a true match to the donor. Donation of human organs cannot realise the current demand. In addition, donation of human organs is always riddled with difficulties around rejection of a ‘foreign body’.
Thousands of people die each year due to a lack of organs for transplantation. In China alone, 300,000 patients are in desperate need of organ transplants. Sadly, only 3% receive a donation.
Investments and future
Revotek is building a platform to support a system for the 3D printing of digital organs at scale. In addition, Revotek plans to acquire businesses worldwide, importing 3D bioprinting. Revotek has signed a cooperative agreement with Dundee University to support expansion of its operations in the West.