Bioprinting human tissue may yield cruelty-free drugs, and immortality

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Humanity doesn’t have enough spare organs. Let’s make some.

That’s the guiding principle behind the work of Gabor Forgacs, a pioneer in bioprinting and founder of Organovo, which specialises in the field of making human tissue to order. The technology for printing, say, a working human heart isn’t quite there yet, but as Forgacs told the WIRED2015 audience at London’s Tobacco Dock, the science is sound and it’s only a matter of time before lab-printed replacements are a medical reality.

Of the tens of thousands of patients that require organ transplants each year, only a (very) rough 10 percent receive them. There simply aren’t enough donors, or matches, to go around. Forgacs aims to plug that gap using a process that can grow the building blocks of new organs.


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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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