On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the potential for 3D printing to revolutionize the biotechnology sector and manufacturing with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has changed the way we look at building things and is even playing a role in the biotechnology field with the creation of human organs.
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how 3D printing can revolutionize the biotechnology sector.
“One of the big challenges in our field is how do we architect organs. We know the anatomy that we think we might need to remake, but it has been hard to build the structures up from nothing,” Miller said. “We have to think about how to grow cells and how to grow tissue from a solid component, like collagen, and build up layer by layer to build organs.”
While this new technology is still in its infancy, Houston has the possibility to make an impact in this sector, according to Miller.
“Houston, having the largest medical center in the world, has a huge potential for capitalizing the research going on in 3D printing,” Miller added. “It’s going to be a long time before we can make whole replacement organs we’ve printed for someone, so the idea is we can start smaller and make it the size of your fingernail and use for pharmaceutical screening. There’s potential in the 3D printing world in that scenario with the patient’s own cells and see how they will react to a certain drug.”
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