3D Printed Bone Replacements Made Using Natural Bone and Plastic


At Johns Hopkins University researchers have created a recipe for making material that can be used to 3D print new bones. Unlike most previous attempts at making the stuff completely from man-made products, the new material consists of 30% pulverized decellularized natural bone mixed with polycaprolactone, a biodegradable polyester. The natural component is important because cells have trouble making a home inside pure plastic. The bone fragments attract cells to establish themselves and to form natural tissue within and around the implant.


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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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