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US Veterans Health Administration uses 3D Bioprinting to Enhance Patient Care

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

VA researchers are working with collaborators to create a bioprinting program that uses 3D printing to fabricate replacement tissues that are customized to an individual patient. This would decrease wait times for tissues and in the more distant future, organs, reducing the need for grafting surgeries and enabling hospital and health care providers to improve the quality and safety of medical procedures. When asked about the system, Dr. Ripley stated “BAB is what we affectionately call her - it's our BioAssemblyBot. It's a bioprinter that can print anything that can come through a syringe - that means biomaterials, collagen, patient's own cells.”


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