Epibone combines 3D printing with stem cells
Epibone combines the natural regeneration of stem cells with 3D printing to produce bone and cartilage. Eventually, the implants that people receive fail the individual patient. In fact, they are a mixture of materials that are not natural to the body, including plastics. Furthermore, Epibone is involved in a clinical trial to prove their technique is safe.
Nina Tandon, the CEO and cofounder of Epibone was quoted on their progress.
Is it possible to use our own cells that we received at birth? Can we repair ourselves daily? Can we develop replacement body parts from our own cells to repair and heal?
Indeed, when an implant fails, doctors recommend a repeat of the surgery. However, a personalized approach would allow us to circumvent these limitations. Moreover, personalized does not mean it must be more expensive to the individual or the healthcare system. Epibone considers affordability. What surgeries can be prevented because we have prevented the need for secondary surgeries?
Thus, we can maintain ourselves healthy over a lifetime. Our bodies can become a renewable resource of cells that will heal itself going forward. Besides, we have the ability within ourselves already. From time to time, our bodies are burdened by stress and many other factors.
Finally, we are not far away from a promising future. We will actually transform the regenerative potential of our own bodies into treatments, cures, and longevity.