by Gemma Escarré,
Avinent and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), members of CataloniaBio & HealthTech, have managed to print 3D prostheses that are incorporated into the body and become their own after about three years.
It is a disruptive innovation in the fields of regenerative medicine and dentistry that will allow to improve treatments for several diseases.
The research project has been carried out for now on a chicken embryo membrane and mice. The 3D bioprinter that is used is one of the few providing the level of precision and features required in regenerative medicine in southern Europe.
Avinent, managed by Albert Giralt (member of the CataloniaBio & HealthTech board), also collaborates with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Both are good examples of public-private collaboration, one of the strategic lines that are being promoted from the association.
Photo: Sample of the material that is manufactured with the 3D bio-printer with blood vessels and sensitivity - © La Vanguardia, Llibert Teixidó