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In Vivo Bioprinting Made Possible with Digital Near-infrared Photopolymerization

In Vivo Bioprinting Made Possible with Digital Near-infrared Photopolymerization

Written by David

June 11, 2020

Researchers from Belgium, China, and the US have come together to study 3D bioprinting, working to expand noninvasive, in vivo applications further.

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Releasing the findings of their study in the recently published ‘ Noninvasive in vivo 3D bioprinting ,’ the scientists are concerned with finding better ways to treat patients without causing additional trauma during regenerative practices, surgical implantation, and plastic surgery. The scientists chose near-infrared (NIR) light technology for this project, due to its versatility (used in drug release systems, photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy, in vivo imaging, 3D imaging, and more) and the ability to prompt photopolymerization.

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Hoping to open a new avenue in 3D printing, the researchers created a noninvasive 3D printing system, bioprinting directly into tissue constructs without surgical implantation. The new process is centered around digital near infrared (NIR) photopolymerization (DNP)–based 3D printing technology, featuring patterned light that is able to penetrate through skin—thus causing […]

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