At BioDan Group Today they surprise us with a very interesting press release since, according to what they state in it, thanks to the collaboration of such important centers at the state and even global level such as the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research and even University Hospital Gregorio Marañón, have managed to develop the first fully functional human skin 3D printer created in Spain.
The results of great research work have been published by the journal Biofabrication specialized in this type of topic. In them it is possible to see for the first time how, by making use of the most modern technologies within 3D printing, human skin can be produced. According to statements by one of the authors of the project, Jose Luis Jorcano, head of the Mixed Unit of Biomedical Engineering of the Carlos III University of Madrid:
This skin can be transplanted to patients or used for testing chemical, cosmetic or pharmaceutical products, since it is produced in quantities, times and prices that are perfectly compatible for these uses.
A large group of Spanish researchers manages to design and manufacture the first functional prototype of a human skin 3D printer in Spain.
For, Juan Francisco Cañizo, researcher at the Gregorio Marañón General University Hospital and the Complutense University of Madrid:
Knowing how to mix the biological components, under what conditions to handle them so that the cells do not deteriorate and how to carry out the proper deposition is the most critical part of the system. We only use human cells and components to produce bioactive skin that generates its own human collagen, avoiding the use of animal collagen as other methods do.
For its part, Alfredo Brisac, CEO of BioDan Group, the Spanish bioengineering company specialized in regenerative medicine that collaborates in research and will be in charge of commercializing this technology:
This bioprinting method allows the skin to be generated in an automated and standardized way, and makes the process cheaper than manual production.