Chicago-based biotechnology startup BIOLIFE4D seems to be preparing to take transplantation to a whole new level. They managed to print a miniature human heart on a 3D printer. A reduced copy of the “motor” created by scientists has the same structure as that of a full-sized human organ.
The engineers at the Chicago startup BIOLIFE4D are moving with leaps and bounds to create an artificial heart suitable for transplantation. Their first breakthrough was the production of organ tissue through 3D printing back in June 2018. Earlier this year, craftsmen printed out individual components like valves, ventricles, and blood vessels. However, the recently created full-fledged and functional mini-copy of the heart has become their main achievement today.
The 3D organ printing process involves reprogramming a patient’s white blood cells into induced pluripotent stem cells that are able to differentiate into other types of cells, such as cardiomyocytes. The mini-heart was created using the cells of the heart muscle and bioplastics obtained from the patient, which was made from extracellular matrix compounds that reproduce the properties of the heart of mammals.
And let your representatives BIOLIFE4D achievement is an important milestone, dwell on it, of course, they do not plan to. Soon biotechnologists are going to make a full-size human heart using a 3D printer. If they succeed, perhaps the need for donor organs in transplantation will disappear forever.