Category Archives: Medical & Dental

Johnson & Johnson acquires EIT 3D printed spinal implant range

Johnson & Johnson Medical GmbH, the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) has acquired spinal implant 3D printing specialist Emerging Implant Technologies (EIT), headquartered in Germany. Following this acquisition, Johnson & Johnson’s orthopedics branch DePuy Synthes will also strengthen its interbody implant portfolio which includes titanium integrated PEEK technology for minimally invasive spinal surgery. […]

Bladder grown from 3D bioprinted tissue continues to function after 14 years

After more than a decade, a 3D bioprinted bladder, created by Dr. Anthony Atala at Boston Children’s Hospital, is sustaining the live of a patient. The 3D bioprinted organ was made to replace patient Luke Massella’s defective bladder in 2004. Since then, Massella has not required any further surgery.   Recalling the transplant to BBC […]

SwRI and UTSA to develop 3D printed medical implant for slow-release cancer medication

Researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are developing a 3D printed implant which can deliver a controlled medicine dosage over several weeks. The device could be used to help treat infections or provide ailment to patients suffering from things like arthritis, cancer […]

GWU’s blossoming 4D printed biostructure contributes to regenerative medicine research

Researchers from George Washington University (GWU) have developed a 4D bioprinting technique to create multi-responsive smart structures for nerve regeneration. In a proof-of-concept study published in Advanced Biosystems, the researchers produced a smart nerve guidance conduit capable of “blooming like a flower.” Blossoming 4D printed biostructures Regenerative medicine research working towards functional artificial organs has […]

Consolidation in medical 3D printing market, K2M acquired by Stryker in $1.4 billion deal

Virginia medical device manufacturer K2M is to be acquired by Michigan headquartered FORTUNE 500 medical technology firm Stryker (NYSE:SYK). Both companies apply 3D printing technology to the production of spinal implants. In the terms of the acquisition, K2M is to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Stryker at the aquisition price of $27.50 per share, generating a […]

HP partners with CDC to test and bioprint antibiotics

HP has announced its participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pilot program that aims to develop new antibiotics designed to fight antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. According to the CDC, a U.S. healthcare organization, infectious diseases with resistant organisms caused by antibiotics are difficult to treat, requiring costly and sometimes toxic alternatives. With HP’s […]

Waikato University’s Shalini Guleria to 3D print tumor cells for effective cancer treatments

Shalini Guleria, Masters student at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, is aiming to 3D print breast tumor cells to identify the best treatment for cancer patients. With the intentions of reducing long-term, painful cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Guleria plans to grow and test cancer tumors outside of a patient’s body using […]

Osseus Fusion Systems achieves FDA clearance for 3D printed spinal implants

Texan medical device company Osseus Fusion Systems, has received FDA clearance for its family of 3D printed spinal implants known as Aries. The implants are designed to help surgeons ease back pain and shorten spinal recovery time. They are the first example of Osseus’ new line of 3D printed products, with several other 3D printed […]

AMBER to develop 3D bioprinted implants for arthritic patients

The Advanced Materials + BioEngineering Research (AMBER) center, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is undertaking a project to develop 3D bioprinted implants for people suffering from osteoarthritis. Made to regenerate rather than replace diseased joints, these implants could be an innovative solution for medical problems that affect over 900,000 people in the Republic of Ireland, and around 28.9% of […]

Tokyo Dental College develops one-stop 3D printing lab for medicine and dentistry

Researchers at the Tokyo Dental College, Japan, developed what they’re calling a “one-stop 3D printing lab” for designing and producing inexpensive patient-specific dental models for use in maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.   The published research is titled Utilizing a low-cost desktop 3D printer to develop a “one-stop 3D printing lab” for oral and maxillofacial surgery […]