The first heart transplant in human history took place on December 3, 1967, which means earlier this week we celebrated the 51st anniversary of the heart transplant. The heart transplant process has improved significantly in that time, perhaps most importantly the survival rate of transplant recipients. However, one aspect that still requires improvement is the availability of human hearts for transplant.
While great initiatives like organ donation help increase the supply of available hearts and organs in general, we still fall short of providing the most important organ – the heart – to everyone who needs one. Heart disease is the world’s leading killer and sadly, thousands of Americans die each year waiting for heart transplants. BIOLIFE4D realizes that organ donation alone will not solve this problem, so we are working on another solution.
Since the existing process will not supply us with enough hearts for everyone who needs one to survive, we will make our own. Our goal is to 3D bioprint human hearts viable for transplant, from patients’ own cells. In addition to making more transplantable hearts available to save millions of lives, this will also eliminate organ rejection, the process in which recipients’ bodies reject new organs as foreign objects and render them useless.
We are celebrating the heart transplant’s birthday with this work and all of the progress we have made so far, including successfully 3D bioprinting a human cardiac patch that can be used to restore a heartbeat in patients with heart damage. We are hard at work at world-class medical facilities in Houston and Chicago, and as we continue our effort to 3D bioprint a mini heart and a full-size heart, we keep in mind the lives we can save and the families this can keep intact, as well as the tremendous market opportunity for this technology.
Our effort to develop the technology that is potentially worth billions of dollars must be powered by investors who recognize the opportunities, both financial and as one of the most important medical innovations of all time. Celebrate the birthday of the heart transplant by securing your shares in BIOLIFE4D.