Direct Biomanufacturing on Organs
I&D EM CO-PROMOÇÃO
2018-09-01 A 2021-08-31
Partners: Instituto Politécnico de Leiria – CDRSP, AMCubed, Universidade de Coimbra – ISR, Universidade do Porto – ICBAS
The use of robots in the medicine field has been gaining impact in the recent years. Additionally, the use of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) to produce biological substitutes is helping medicine to take significant step to face new realities. This project aims to bring those technologies from the bench-to-bedside. Briefly, this project comprises the development of a robot for the in situ direct printing of biomaterials in damaged tissues and/or organs in a customized and minimally invasive way. This project includes not only the development of the referred robot, but also the implementation of a novel surgical procedure. This will revolutionize current medicine, opening doors to faster and customized procedures, with reduced recovery times and improving self-regeneration of the tissues. Finally, it will promote a better mimicry of the characteristics and properties of the native tissue and/or organ.