Bioengineering Skin on a Mass Scale

It’s one thing to invent a machine that prints skin, but it’s a whole other challenge to bring what seems like the domain of mad science to mass production.

Last fall, a team at the University of Toronto invented a prototype 3D printer that, instead of extruding layers of plastic and other inorganic materials into physical shapes, builds layer upon layer of cell-laden tissue, a process that could lead to the cheap, rapid production of human skin.

The so-called bio printer was spearheaded by ChemE Professor Milica Radisic along with Professor Axel Guenther of IBBME and graduate students Lian Leng, Boyang Zhang and Arianna McAllister. For full story, click here.

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