The Future of 3D Printing in Pharma, Medical Devices

life_sciences_articleThe concept seems like magic—a few strokes of a printer and a ­prescription medication or a ­customized medical device is available at your fingertips. Yet thanks to additive manufacturing, more commonly known as “3D printing,” what seems almost unimaginable is indeed reality. The popularity and utility of additive manufacturing is rapidly increasing across ­countless industries. According to one report, the 3D printing industry grew to $5.165 billion in 2015, representing a 25.9 percent growth from 2014, (TJ McCue, Wohlers Report 2016: 3D Printing Industry Surpassed $5.1 Billion, FORBES, Apr. 25, 2016). The pharmaceutical and medical device industries are no exception, and are harnessing the power of 3D printing to make innovative medical advances and bring significant patient benefits. Nevertheless, the proliferation of 3D printing comes with a host of legal implications and uncertainties. As the use of 3D printing continues to expand and evolve in the pharmaceutical and medical device space, the ­existing FDA regulatory regime and ­traditional product liability principles will be challenged to adapt.

By Raymond Williams 
and Kristina Neff | The Legal Intelligencer

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About Peter Coffaro 1104 Articles
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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