This bioprinter is being used to make human corneas. Thanks to the researchers at Newcastle University, Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon and his team of scientists were able to combine healthy corneal stem cells with collagen and alginate to create ‘bio-ink’ — a printable solution that enabled them to reproduce the shape of a human cornea in just 10 minutes. This special bio-ink was made by using human cells.
The corneas help in the global fight against blindness. It would allow doctors to avoid the issue of lack of donors. Connon’s team also showed it could create a cornea that matches a patient’s unique specifications. The dimensions of this generating cornea will be taken with the help of original cornea.
This is a great discovery in the field of medicine. But scientists are still working on it people need to wait for the several years before these 3D printing human corneas are available.