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Skin cells to be printed directly onto wounds with new mobile bio printer

Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed a device which can print skin cells that would be able to help treat wounds such as burns and diabetic ulcers. 

The device is able to scan a location of the body (the wound) which can then send data to a software. As a result, the bio printer can then print cells – created using a combination of the patient’s skin cells and a hydrogel which when mixed creates a printable biomaterial – and administer them directly onto the wound, layer by layer. 

“The unique aspect of this technology is the mobility of the system and the ability to provide on-site management of extensive wounds by scanning and measuring them in order to deposit the cells directly where they are needed to create skin,” said lead author Sean Murphy, a WFIRM assistant professor.

“The technology has the potential to eliminate the need for painful skin grafts that cause further disfigurement for patients suffering from large wounds or burns,” said study co-author and WFIRM director Anthony Atala. “A mobile bioprinter that can provide on-site management of extensive wounds could help to accelerate the delivery of care and decrease costs for patients.”

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March 1, 2019

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