University Researchers Develop Skin Printer

A group of researchers from the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) have developed a handheld 3-dimenstional skin printer than can deposit an even layer of skin tissue over wounds. This new device is believed to be the first device of its kind to form tissue in situ within 2 minutes and could potentially be an alternative to the standard of care, split-thickness grafting, which requires sufficient healthy donor skin.

Resembling a white-out tape dispenser, the skin printer uses a microdevice that forms tissue sheets to create “bio ink” stripes to be applied directly to a wound. The device requires minimal training and eliminates the washing and incubation stages required by conventional bioprinters.

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