The PrintAlive Bioprinter can create grafts for
The PrintAlive Bioprinter is developed by engineering students at the University of Toronto, and won the Canadian Dyson Award. The printer is designed to treat severe burns that damage both the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, and the inner layer, the dermis. These types of burns is very difficult for the body to regenerate itself, and in some cases victims can die.
The 3D printer can rapidly create grafts using the patient's own cells, which so far have improved wound healing in immune-compromised mice. However, the team from the University of Toronto hope to move onto larger grafts in pigs, and then human clinical trials within 3 years.