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Video: Growing New Organs with 3D Printing (TED Talk)

3D Printing Organs TED

In 1954, doctors completed the first kidney transplant procedure. Today, someone dies every 30 seconds from a disease that could be treated through tissue regeneration or organ replacement. What if we could use 3D printing to grow new organs?

Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that 3D prints human tissue.

In the TED video below, Anthony Atala asks, “Can we grow organs instead of transplanting them?” His lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is doing just that — engineering over 30 tissues and whole organs.

Top 10 Countdown: Most Popular 3D Printing Stories in July 2012

3D Printed Rocket Espresso Cup

Here are the top 10 most popular stories On 3D Printing brought you in July 2012.

10. America Will Lead the Future of Manufacturing, China Will Follow

9. Infographic: Go On, Print a Liver – The Evolution of Bio 3D Printing

8. Enter the 3D4D Challenge to Win $100K and Change the World

7. Come to London for the Olympics, Stay for the 3D Print Show

6. Always Wanted Your Own Action Figure? 3D Print Your Face [Video]

5. 3D Printing Architecture From the Cloud with 3D Model-To-Print Service

4. Shapeways Opens NYC 3D Printing and Distribution Center

3. 3D Printing Industry Will Reach $3 Billion by 2018 – Report

2. Designed to Win: 3D Printing Could Help Athletes Break World Records

1. 3D Printed Rocket Fuel Espresso Cup Goes Viral, Boosts Sales


Thanks for reading in July!


Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: Guns, Germs, and ABS Plastic

MakerBot MixTape

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from July 23 to July 29.

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Organovo 3D Printing: Bold Mission But Needs Cash, May Offer Secondary

Organovo Pink Sheets Secondary 3D Printing

Investor information site Seeking Alpha thinks Organovo Holdings (PINK: ONVO) is worth a deeper look. We have profiled this company and the field of bioprinting before. It’s one of the most amazing 3D printing applications.

Organovo Holdings (ONVO) is a revolutionary company that uses 3D printing technology to build organic tissues one cell at a time. The potential applications for this technology are simply astounding with the possibility of replacement organ and tissue manufacturing that would revolutionize medicine and the healthcare industry. With an innovative management team and a potentially lucrative patent portfolio, it would seem that the sky is the limit for ONVO.

Organovo’s mission is potentially revolutionary, but the question is whether the company can survive long enough to see it through. It currently trades on the pink sheets. Below is their stock chart.

Organovo Pink Sheets 3D Printing

The company is loaded up with debt, bleeding cash and generates little to no revenue. While the technology is amazing and the potential is huge, right now the company is generous in its filings when it says it will be able to pay the bills for the next 12 months.

So what are the options? Most likely, the company will need to take additional funding, in the form of a dilutive secondary offering. While it would reduce the equity of the founders, a secondary could given them enough cash to complete R&D and start to generate revenue. We will see if the board of directors is willing to make this deal.

(Update: a commenter pointed out that the company has no debt. We checked in Yahoo! Finance and corrected the quote from Seeking Alpha above.)


Read the full analysis at Seeking Alpha.

Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: Dinosaurs, Action Figures, Organs, Olympics

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A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from July 2 to July 8.

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