Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists invented 3D bioprinting system that prints skin on wounds using patient’s own cells

March 21, 2019

  • Skin Bioprinting – Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) researchers developed skin bioprinting system that can print layered skin on wound using patient’s own cells
  • Made from Patient’s Cells – Major skin cells dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes are isolated from sample of patient’s tissue and combined with hydrogel, then fed into bioprinting system, reducing occurrence of rejection
  • Wound Scanning and Imaging – Imaging technology scans wounds, which feeds data into software what cells to print layer by layer and in what part of wound
  • Printing System – Deposits cells directly on wound, resembling skin layers, which will allow for normal skin to form
  • Benefits – Helps to eliminate painful skin grafts for burn victims and patients with diabetic ulcers, with mobile system enabling acceleration of care and decrease of costs
  • Next Step – Conduct clinical trial on humans

Image Source: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Image Source: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Sector: Healthcare/Health Sciences
Function: Research and Development
Organization: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Original Publication Date: March 1, 2019

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