Doctors hope to use stem cells and 3D printing to regrow bone


Patients who have lost part of their skull from trauma or surgery could regrow their own bone using stem cells, according to biomedical engineers at Royal Perth Hospital.

Dr Alan Kop and his colleagues believe that using stem cells on a 3D-printed bioceramic insert will act as a scaffold and help the body grow skull bone in its place.

“We’re helping the process by putting stem cells on to the ceramic which will signal to the patient’s own bone that they need to lay bone down there in the defect,” he said.

Dr Kop said the bioceramic was made from similar material to bone such as calcium phosphate so it would be harmlessly resorbed by the body.


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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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