About the Lattice above: Isn’t shoes the original wearables that humanity tried to customize for centuries? This lattice came from 3D printing shoe designer @commeconception. Check out the fascinating design to production process of 3D printed shoes.
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3D Bioprinting Bone – One Defect AT A Time
by Jenny Chen, M.D.
This blog was inspired by my own clinical experience with head and neck cancer patients who received extensive facial bone resection and subsequent reconstruction. These patients often have to suffer both the wrath of cancer as well as the disfiguring but lifesaving surgery, even when the surgeons are world-class experts, their options to help these patients with restoration is limited. The autologous bone graft is simply not enough. What many people perhaps don’t know is that bone harvesting is not only limited by donor sites and but also adding additional risk to surgeries.
Therefore, it is very exciting to see a myriad of research and commercial actives focusing on bone tissue engineering, especially ones focusing on 3D bioprinting or 3D printing bone. In fact, if we can truly design and manufacture living bone tissue at ease, there is a huge economy behind the “space-filling” industry, from dentistry, reconstructive surgery, to orthopedics.
That said, just because of something 3D printed looks like bone, it is far from the kind of bone we have in our bodies. Thus, this blog intends to address the different players of such endeavor at a high level and interested readers can refer to the references listed and a follow-up blog on recommended reading on this subject.
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Events & Opportunities
Upcoming events from the 3DHEALS community and beyond.
Thursday, 11/21/2019 (Palo Alto) Join us for our first ever 3DHEALS happy hour at iconic South Bay favorite Antonio’s Nut House, right around the corner from Stanford, and with a list of patrons that reads like a who’s-who of technology innovators. Grab a drink and hang out with our sponsors Indicate Technologies and Rokit Healthcare, who will demo their 3D bioprinters, 3D scanners, and more.
11/19/2019-11/22/2019 (Frankfurt, Germany) Check out our “Where Is Waldo” for FormNext 2019 on healthcare 3D printing and 3DHEALS tribe location.
12/1/2019-12/3/2019 (Chicago, USA) Stay tuned for our “Where Is Waldo” for RSNA2019 on healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting.
Tuesday, 1/14/2020 (San Francisco) Join the 3DHEALS community during JP Morgan conference 2020 for a fun night of networking, cocktails, Ping Pong match at the SF landmark, SPIN. Attendees must complete application via Eventbrite and must be relevant to 3DHEALS, healthcare 3D printing, bioprinting, regenerative medicine, past startups pitched at Pitch3D, or from one of the following partners: Indiebio, HAX, YC, QB3, Stanford BioDesign, MIT Alumn.
Friday and Saturday, 6/5/2020-6/6/2020 3DHEALS2020 (San Francisco). Join world’s largest healthcare 3D printing and 3D bioprinting conference.
Check out some of our partners’ upcoming event below, and lots of other upcoming events here:
Wednesday, 11/13 (Vancouver) The Victoria Hand Project and the Centre for Biomedical Research will host the November VILS meeting at UVic, where they will showcase the 3D printing capabilities at the University of Victoria.
Thursday & Friday, 11/14-15 (San Francisco)The Cultured Meat Symposium returns this November 14-15. Industry leaders in the traditional meat and cell-based meat sectors will come together for future-defining presentations, panels, and workshops. Use discount code 3DHEALS20 for 20% off General and VIP tickets!
Thursday, December 5, 2019 (San Francisco) 5:30 to 6:30 PM, Tak Cheung, NEA. “VC Healthtech Investing at NEA”. Hosted by UCSF Roseman Institute. Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco) More info here.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 (San Francisco) Tissue Engineering Journal Club 7:30-9:30 PM, IndieBio, 479 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103.
March, 2020, TBD Y Combinator Demo Day – Twice a year, Y Combinator’s latest batch of startups present to an invite-only audience of approximately 1,000 investors and media. Stay tuned for more details.
Friday, April 24th, 2020 (New York, New York) GRO conference will be from about 10 am to 7 pm at Mount Sinai Hospital. Stay tuned for more updates soon.