3D printed cartilage shows success

shutterstock_89553295Those suffering with arthritis, or sports injuries, can lose cartilage and this causes considerable pain. Replacement surgery, designed to use material analogous to cartilage, can be attempted but one of the problems is with generating material of the right shape or quality.

Improvements with the material (using biological material), and with the form and dimensions required, is now possible due to a special type of additive printing called 3D bioprinting (a variant of 3D printing.) With this process, an ink containing human cells is used. Thus 3D bioprinting is the process of generating spatially-controlled cell patterns using established 3D printing technology. Here, the cell function and viability are preserved within the printed construct and, ideally, retain functionality in the human 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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