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Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

Written by David

November 7, 2018

A 3D printer in the lab of Prof. Shlomo Magdassi at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Courtesy) Researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new way to create drug capsules using 3D printers, a step that will help pave the way for pills that can be tailored to perform better than the conventional capsules manufactured today. The custom-printed pills are made out of a hydrogel in which the medication is inserted, said Professor Shlomo Magdassi, head of the Hebrew University’s 3D and Functional Printing Center, who developed the technology together with Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at Hebrew University’s Institute for Drug Research. The substance has the consistency of malabi , a Middle Eastern milk pudding, Magdassi said. The technology enables the creation of pills with complex designs, he explained, from star-shaped to crystalline to round, that can expand, change shape and be activated on a […]

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