3-D printed medical device grows with kids, saves their lives

Closeup of 3D printer printingDoctors at the University of Michigan have created the first 3-D printed device that can grow with an infant and disintegrate inside the body when no longer needed.

The new medical implant is called an airway splint. It’s designed to help babies who suffer from a life-threatening condition called tracheobronchomalacia that causes tiny airways near the lungs to collapse.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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