Market Intel: 3D Bioprinting Forges Ahead With Mini Human Heart, Human Tissue
Can Bioprinting Become The Future Alternative To Organ Donation?
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.
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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.
Market Intel: Large Providers Focus On Hemodialysis Home Care; New Incentive By Presidential Executive Order
Momentum is rising for patients with chronic kidney disease to be treated with hemodialysis in the comfort of their own home as opposed to traveling several days a week to a freestanding clinic. Manufacturers, government and payers are paving the way for a higher home-therapy adoption rate. That said, many patients remain unsuitable for home care and the large volume of water needed to operate hemodialysis can be logistically daunting.
Start-Up Spotlight: Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions Hopes To Win Regulatory Nod For Embolic Protector For TAVR
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is performed routinely using devices providing protection from stroke as standard of care. However, cerebral embolic protection devices currently available do not capture and remove emboli from all three vessels leading to the brain. The Emblok Embolic Protection System from Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions (ICS) has developed an embolic filter designed to protect all three cerebral vessels during TAVR and remove debris from the entire circulatory system.