The workshop explored 3D printing, an innovative technology that covers all medical disciplines, offers new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy
In order to strengthen Indo-Australian cooperation and achieve development of 3D printing industry in both the countries, Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) recently organised a one-day workshop on Organ Bio Printing at the Kalam Convention Center, AMTZ Campus in Visakhapatnam. The workshop explored 3D printing, an innovative technology that covers all medical disciplines and offers new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy. From diagnostic visualisation to surgical planning, patient-specific models provide an added value for patients and physicians.
Dr Jitendar Kumar Sharma, MD, CEO invited the delegates to experience the 3D printing facility at AMTZ, which is one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world with diverse materials and diverse applications. He also spoke about Bio Harmonised Aids for Rehabilitation and Treatment (BHARAT), a new initiative to develop at least 10 organs by 3D bioprinting. He invited international and national collaboration in this project that would benefit lakhs of people.
Dr Gordon Wallace, Director, Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP) who is involved in design and discovery of new materials for use in energy and health, elaborated on metal 3D printing giving valuable insights on sourcing the right material, formula formation and development of prototype and commercialisation of 3D bio-printed products.
Dr Payal Mukherjee, Otologist, Cochlear Implant and LateralSkull Base Surgeon in Sydney and Deputy Chair, RACS NSW State Committee, stressed on the need for not only research but also availability of facilities for conducting clinical trials on large animals. She also highlighted the need for collaboration and role of cosmetic surgeons in usage of 3D printed bio organs.
Dr Raghunandan, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Madras ENT Research Foundation (MERF), Chennai stressed on the need for financial aid from government for surgeries involving 3D printed parts as they could be expensive at times.
Dr Sanjay Gambhir, Associate Director, TRICEP (Bio-Inks and Bio Materials), Alok Medikepura Anil, Founder, Next Big Innovation Labs and Rajasekhar Upputuri, CEO, Think 3D also attended the workshop.