Human engineering may no longer be a topic mostly discussed in science fiction books and movies. With the availability of 3D printer, this may well happen sooner than you may think. Recently, a Japanese firm, Cyfuse Biomedical, developed a way to produce human tissues and combine it with robotic technology.
The company developed a robot-controlled 3D printer dubbed as Regenova which has the ability to make living cells aggregate to form artificial human tissues. The company is very excited to further develop this technology as the new line of tissues will be used to test new products or can be made into human organs for organ transplant.
CEO Koji Kuchiishi says that the company aims to start a future where 3D bioprinting becomes a front liner in medicine. Moreover, he said that “3D bioprinting technology will be pushing regenerative medicine forward and we can see a future where doctors can easily regenerate body parts like liver, lungs and hearts to easily help people who are gravely sick.”
The new device, Regenova, uses cultured cellular aggregates which are called spheroids and are placed on arrays of fine needles. The spheroid cells form connections and with the help of a bioreactor, the cells aggregate to create the 3D tissues. The process was able to create the 3D tissues easily because it enables the oxygen to circulate around the tissue.
This technology is very promising and once it has been developed further the possibilities are endless. Just imagine how many people can benefit from this technology once it is made available in the market.