How 3D printed pills are personalizing medicine

3dp_3dppills_pills-e1447282963241There is no doubt that when it comes to the medical industry, 3D printing technology is having a revolutionary, life- and cost-saving impact. From 3D printed custom prosthetics, to 3D printed surgical implants, to 3D bioprinted tissue, the technology is giving both doctors and patients an unprecedented understanding of the human body, and the unbelievable capability to repair, alter, and improve it. One of the more rapidly-developing areas of medical 3D printing is customizable 3D printed pills, which are already in development and could very well change how we treat serious and common medical conditions, from epilepsy to chronic pain, on a patient-specific basis, making medications customizable and therefore cheaper, more accurate, and more effective than ever before.

So far, researchers have been able to 3D print custom shapes for powder-based and even liquid medicine tablets in order to make them more appealing and easier to swallow for children. New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company Aprecia also made headlines this year when it became the first company to receive FDA approval for a 3D printed prescription drug with incredibly rapid-dissipation properties, designed to treat seizures in epileptic patients.


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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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