Pankaj Karande, Tânia Baltazar, Jonathan Merola, Carolina Catarino, et al.
This combination of key elements enabled the cells to start communicating and more importantly begin forming a biologically relevant vascular structure within the span of a few weeks. With blood vessels beginning to form, nutrients and waste could be exchanged to keep the graft alive. Furthermore, this significant development highlights the vast potential of 3D bioprinting in precision medicine, where solutions can be tailored to specific situations.
Watch video of Professor Karande discussing his work here:
Tânia Baltazar, Jonathan Merola, Pankaj Karande et al. Tissue Engineering Part A. 2020.