Bengaluru-based biotech firm, Pandorum Technologies, has announced that it has developed artificial living tissue using 3D printing which performs the function of a human liver. These 3D printed tissues can lead to affordable, full-scale transplantable organs in few years."Development of artificial organs has numerous clinical uses. Cell-based organoids can be used to develop bio-artificial liver support systems for preserving life in patients who have developed liver failure. In the near future, such bio-printed organs will address the acute shortage of human organs available for surgical transplantation," said Bhowmick, co-founder of Pandorum. Pandorum is the first Indian company to develop artificial living tissues which can be kept alive for four weeks. Pandorum is funded by the Department of Biotechnology and incubated at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), Bangalore Bio-Cluster. ‘Pandorum Technologies has developed 3D printed liver tissues that would help revolutionize organ donation and transplantation in India.’ "Liver toxicity and drug metabolism are the key hurdles, and contributors to failed human trials. Our 3D bio-printed mini-livers that mimic the human liver will serve as test platforms for discovery and development of drugs with better efficacy, less side-effects and at lower costs," said Arun Chandru, co-founder and managing director of Pandorum."We are able to print around 10 million cells currently. By 2020, we will increase our efficiency to printing one billion cells. It is only by 2030 that we will be equipped to print 100 billion cells, and it is then when we envisage to print on-demand organs for full-scale transplantation," added Arun Chandru. Source: Medindia << President Emphasizes to Integrate Healthcare With Mental Hea... Splurging On Material Things Can Actually Make You More Happ... >> Recommended Reading 3D Printed Model of the Head of a Fetus Saved Newborn's Life 3D printing has showed how severe an airway risk in a fetus was in order to make clinical decisions at University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. READ MORE 3D Printed Micro-Needles to Help Deliver Drug Without Pain US researchers produced a drug-loaded array for transdermal delivery of a chemotherapeutic drug where the drug is administered through the skin. READ MORE BoomCast: WiFi-enabled 3D Printed Adjustable Leg Cast With Bluetooth Speaker The BoomCast developed with 3D printing technology is a custom-fitting cast that can be adjusted to enable air travel while still being strong enough to bear weight. READ MORE Close to Life 3D Printed Organ Models for Surgery Training Japan's Fasotec has come up with a 'Biotexture Wet Model' of human organs created by scanning a real organ in minute detail and creating molds on a 3D printer. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Hearing Loss Calculator Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Liver BiopsyHepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?