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UOW installs custom 3D Alek bioprinter for microtia at Sydney hospital

Written by David

March 2, 2019

Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia have developed a custom 3D bioprinter dedicated specifically to treating microtia, a congenital deformity that results in an underdeveloped external ear. The bespoke bioprinter, named 3D Alek, was recently installed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) in Sydney. The 3D Alek bioprinter was developed by a UOW team working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) in collaboration with associate professor and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon Payal Mukherjee. Together, they sought to find a clinical bioprinting solution to microtia, a rare condition that only about a dozen or so babies are born with a year in Australia. By combining their respective expertises, the researchers and surgeon were able to come up with the 3D Alek, a custom, multi-material bioprinter that uses a specialized bioink to help in the regeneration of cartilage for reconstructive ear […]


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