VISAKHAPATNAM: Three-dimensional (3D) printing -- an innovative technology that covers all medical disciplines -- is offering new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy, say experts.
The experts were speaking at a workshop on ‘Organ Bioprinting’ at the Kalam Convention Centre, AMTZ Campus in Visakhapatnam. The workshop was organized by the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) to strengthen Indo-Australian cooperation, exchanges and achieve a win-win development of 3D printing business.
Dr. Jitendar Kumar Sharma, MD & CEO of AMTZ, explained about evolution of 3D printing in India and invited the delegates to experience the 3D printing facility at AMTZ, which is one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world.
Dr Sharma also spoke about Bio Harmonised Aids for Rehabilitation and Treatment, a new scheme that develops at least 10 organs by 3D bioprinting.
Dr. Gordon Wallace, from Australia, stated, “The new technology is giving valuable insights on sourcing the right material, formula formation, improvement of prototype and commercialization of 3D bioprinted items.”
Dr. Payal Mukherjee, an Otologist-Cochlear Implant, stressed the need for not only research but also availability of facilities conducting clinical trials on big animals. Dr Mukherjee also highlighted the need for collaboration and role of cosmetic doctors in the use of 3D printed bioorgans.
Dr. Raghunandan, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Madras ENT Research Foundation (MERF), Chennai, stressed the need for monetary aid from government for surgeries involving 3D printed parts as they could be costly, at times.