Chinese firm creates first 3D blood vessel bio-printer
28 October 2015
The world's first 3D blood vessel bio-printer, which makes it possible to produce personalised functional organs, has been developed by a Chinese company.
According to biotechnological company Sichuan Revotek Co Ltd, based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the significant breakthrough has been achieved through its self-developed stem cell bio-ink technology, 3D bio-printer and cloud computing platform.
''The creative breakthrough in the 3D blood vessel bio-printing means we have mastered the stem cell-based 3D bio-printing technology,'' said Yang Keng, chairman of Sichuan Languang Development Co.
James Kang, an expert who led the programme, said that blood vessels that transport nutrients to organs are indispensable elements when creating any organs.
Kang's team has created a novel type of bio-ink – ''Biosynsphere'' – whose primary goal is the personalised stem cell bio-printing to pave the way for organ regeneration, Xinhua news agency reported.
''We have successfully realised the blood vessel regeneration by relying on the 3D bio-printer, the biosynsphere technology and the data model based on cloud computing,'' Kang said.