Scientists at the University of Wollongong developed an instrument that uses stem cell ink to reconstruct cells. The BioPen is a handheld 3D printer that lets surgeons draw their patients back to health. It can replace traditional surgery techniques, and will dramatically decrease the length of surgery. Patients recovering from this particular delivery method can also experience accelerated regeneration rates.
The BioPen injects new cells into a seaweed-based growth culture, which encourages it to thrive in the new environment. A second layer is then coated and solidified by a low-powered UV light to offer a protective shell during the healing process.
This bone-writing device is now being clinically tested at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Should the device prove to be successful – which it already has – surgeons can expect to find this instrument in the operation room in the future.