3D Bioprinting of a Living Knee Cartilage Tissue

(Red Orbit) Dr. Darryl D’Lima along with his colleagues at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, report that they have discovered a process to bioprint cartilage tissue. D’Lima is responsible for the design of a prototype bioprinter that will print living cartilage. Adapted from a Hewlett-Packard inkjet printer, the bioprinter spews out both cartilage progenitor cells and a biocompatible liquid that will congeal in the presence of ultraviolet light. In addition, the device can print bone cells necessary to deposit where cartilage attaches to bone. The goal of this research is to design technology that will truly fix knee injuries from cartilage damage and injury.