Market Intel: Cornea, Bio-Drugs, Artificial Hips On Track For 3D Printing
Although certainly not a given, many researchers and companies are pursing the eventual goal of bioprinting human organs, starting with the three-dimensional printing of a structure that has cellular function. If organ function via bioprinting becomes a reality for the skin, bone, lung, liver, eye and/or kidney, among other potential organs, the market opportunity could be in the billions. But challenges, including cost and ethics, stand in the way of this milestone in regenerative medicine.
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The race continues to heat up in the bioprinting space over which players will first reach the finish line in gaining approval for tissue and organ replacements. Research organizations and companies worldwide are in various states of development for these milestones in regenerative medicine, ranging from bioprinting skin to a mini human heart. But regulatory hurdles and quality testing could be formidable.
A new draft guideline issued by Health Canada represents the first phase of a 3D-printing policy in Canada.
The worldwide joint-replacement implants market is expected to hit $20bn by 2022, according to a new report from Meddevicetracker. The growth is driven by the rising number of elderly patients, whose natural joints have been damaged by arthritis, and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, and sport-related injuries. But a look at the market and the three largest segments – shoulder, knee and hip replacements – show that new technological advancements and improved surgical techniques are increasingly making joint replacement surgeries an option for younger people as well. Here's an overview and key insights from two orthopedic surgeons on the current market and key growth drivers and limiters.