Bioprinting bones and muscles: The inkjet cell printers shaping the future of transplants

bioprinted-structures14 years ago, most businesses hadn’t even heard of 3D printing, let alone experimented with printing objects in material like plastic or metal. But one research institute was already laying the foundation for building its own 3D printer for an altogether more complex material: human tissue.

Tissue and organs transplants have been used in medicine for decades to help patients whose own tissue has become diseased or damaged — skin grafts for burns victims, for example, or using a piece of patellar tendon to replace a ruptured ligament. Typically they come from donors or are moved from a healthy part of a patient’s body to a damaged part, but scientists from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have developed a prototype printer that could one day be used to print tissue sections designed to fit a person’s unique condition.

By Jo Best | ZDNet

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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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