While we are working hard on our revolutionary 3D bioprinting process to produce a human heart viable for transplant to provide a higher quality of life for human patients there is another very special group that we are equally as passionate about helping with our technology – Animals!
As you might already be aware, due to FDA requirements animals are generally the subject of testing for the safety and effectiveness of new drugs in order to better understand the drugs impact on humans.
But what we are working on could potentially provide a viable alternative to using animals in certain cases – one of our short-term goals is our “Mini-Heart”, a 3D bioprinted scaled-down version of a human heart.
Why are we working on a Mini-Heart? A few reasons. First, once we have completed our Mini-Heart we will have taken a huge leap forward in our efforts towards bioengineering our full size human heart. Second, it represents a tremendous market opportunity by providing pharmaceutical companies a better option than animals for predictive testing. And last but certainly not least, it has the potential to save countless animals lives.
Once again the statistics are truly staggering. Annually, more than 115 million animals are used worldwide in experimentation within the biomedical industry. And while BIOLIFE4D’s technology is focused on saving as many human lives as possible, we believe we have a moral imperative to try to save as many animal lives as well!
But hold on, some ask if it is to better humanity what’s wrong with animal testing?
- To begin, there is certainly an ethical argument that animal testing is cruel and unnecessary,
- And the use of animal testing often gives misleading results and is not always predictive of human health effects,
- And animal experimentation often significantly harms humans through misleading safety studies and the potential abandonment of effective therapeutics, while potentially leading researchers in the wrong direction and wasting valuable time and money,
- And sadly instances of animal cruelty are prolific and commonplace
Although our Mini-Heart will only be the size of a mouse heart, its benefits could be huge. It will be a functional, beating, pumping heart that we can offer to pharmaceutical companies to use for testing – after all, what could predict the effects that a drug could potentially have on a human heart better than an actual (albeit small) human heart?
Everyday counts, and we want to save as many lives as we can – human and animal!
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