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3D Bioprinting – Enabling Drug Discovery and Development and Cell Based Therapies
Bioprinting is now a word most people have heard of, but might not really understand. Because there is a lot of hype regarding what is possible and what has already been accomplished, the term likely conjures up images of Frankenstein, a mouse with an ear growing on its back, glow-in-the-dark animals, or cyborgs.
The industry has come a long way from the time when researchers hacked into a desktop printer to experiment with printing out living cells. Researchers are now able to create vascularized tissue constructs that have proven viable when implanted into animals. This has opened a whole new area for cell based therapies and while printing of whole organs remains elusive (and probably won’t happen for many years), there are many applications for bioprinting that are commercially feasible and applicable today.
One of the most important healthcare applications for 3D Bioprinting that can be employed right now is in the area of pharmaceutical discovery and development. Pharmaceutical companies are faced with expensive, time-consuming, failure-prone clinical trials in order to get their drugs approved and on the market. A whole textbook could be written on why they are so expensive and risky, and companies must innovate their drug discovery and development processes. Izumi International, Inc. has been working with some of the top names in the pharmaceutical industry to optimize their drug discovery and production processes and incorporate bioprinting into their workflows. This will ultimately contribute to a much more streamlined and productive development framework, as the data generated from 3D assays vastly outperforms that from traditional 2D workflows.
In this Ask the Expert session Katie Golson of Izumi International, Inc. will be answering your questions about 3D bioprinting and about how to apply this cutting edge technology to your drug discovery and development programs.