MD+DI: Hope for Broken Hearts

A 3-D bioprinted cardiac patch may offer healing to patients with acute myocardial infarction as well as pave the way for an entire human heart replacement.

Biolife4D has achieved a milestone in its ultimate quest to develop human organs for transplant. The company recently announced that it has developed a cardiac patch using a highly specialized 3D printer designed to protect living cells during the printing process. The patch is designed to help patients recover heart function after an acute myocardial infarction, said Ravi Birla, PhD, the company’s chief science officer, in an interview with MD+DI.

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