Kyoto Researchers Develop 3D Printed Regenerative Nerve Tissue
Posted on March 20 2017
3Dprintingindustry.com writer Beau Jackson reports on the successful testing of a 3D printing process that produces 3D printed regenerative nerve tissue, here is a snippet of the full article.
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have successfully implanted 3D printed cells into the thighs of lab rats. The 3D bioprinting used is the Kenzan method, where cells are placed onto an arrangement of neatly packed needles and left to culture.
The Kenzan method
“Kenzan” is the Japanese word meaning “needle array”. The method has been commercialized by the Japanese 3D bioprinting corporation Cyfuse Biomedical K.K. in the Regenova 3D bioprinter. The Regenova started development in collaboration with plant systems and mechatronics developers Shibuya Kogyo Co. (TYO:6340) in August 2010. In September of the same year, the companies were commissioned by the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to start with cartilage research. By December 2012, the collaboration had successfully developed the Kenzan method into the Regenova 3D bioprinter, and has since been looking into further applications for the technology.
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