Doctors Use 3D Printing to Safeguard Baby Before Birth

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When Michigan doctors saw a large mass on the face of a fetus late in pregnancy, they feared it might block the baby’s airway at birth. The doctors didn’t know what the abnormality was, or if the infant would need lifesaving care in order to breathe. Use of 3D printing technology removed the guesswork, the team reported in the Oct. 5 online edition of the journal Pediatrics. It’s the first time 3D printing technology has been used in utero “to diagnose facial deformity and severity of airway risk with a newborn,” said Dr. Albert Woo, a pediatric plastic surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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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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