August 30, 2016 – Scarcity after 3D Printing: Could bioprinting your own hamburger re-shape the supply chain?

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Date: August 25, 2016

Presenter: Dr. Jessica SNYDER

Supervisor: Prof. Carlo RATTI


Abstract: The original purpose of 3D bioprinting was to shorten transplant waiting lists by producing human organs in a lab, solving issues of scarcity for the medical community, advancing manufacturing technology to build what was in short supply. The holy grail of full tissue engineering, to supply physicians with functional human organs constructed from the patient’s own cells, is not yet a reality in a clinical setting. However, certain and well documents progress has been made to engineer precision manufacturing techniques to build 3D cell-laden constructs, mimicking the anatomical architecture on a cellular scale. Such manufacturing methods are being increasing translated to a new class of products, including leather and meat. In this seminar we describe the capability of 3D bioprinting, review the state-of-the-art in transplants, leather and meat products, and, as a case study, imagine how the ability to 3D print your own hamburger for dinner may affect a product’s supply chain.


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