Currently, over 100,000 individuals in the US are on the waiting list for organ transplants. Kidney patients make up the majority of the requests, with over 90,000 people hoping for donor organs. Data shows that seventeen people die every day while they are waiting for new organs; meanwhile, one new patient is added to the list every ten minutes.
Modern options, such as bioprinting may one day eliminate the need for treatments like dialysis, and companies like Organovo have previously served as pioneers in the field of 3D printed kidneys. Now, Israel’s CollPlant Biotechnologies and United Therapeutics are amping up their collaboration further to bioprint kidneys, with the ultimate goal of transplantation.
“Organ shortages are an unmet global health need and by partnering with United Therapeutics for the past couple of years, we have made significant progress with this pivotal organ manufacturing initiative,” explained Yehiel Tal, CollPlant CEO.
CollPlant is entirely dedicated to “regenerative and aesthetic medicine” in relation to tissue regeneration and the creation of human organs. For bioprinting, the CollPlant team relies on their rhCollagen-based bioinks. United Therapeutics, in complement to the technology of CollPlant, is focused on developing products to improve treatment for patients suffering from chronic and life-threatening health issues.
The two companies have been working together since 2018, with great enthusiasm shared for the CollPlant technology, using tobacco plants to make collagen-expressing plants that could lead to the production of a variety of human organs.
“Our collagen-expressing plants are already flourishing in Texas where we enjoy three growing seasons,” says Martine Rothblatt, PhD, chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics.
The two companies originally began working together to use 3D printing in lung transplants. Continuing on, the extension of their collaboration includes a $3 million payment to CollPlant for licensing of their collagen and bioink products. The original agreement included $5 million, with “milestone payments of up to $15 million,” depending on development details.
[Source / Images: Genetic Engineering & BioTechnology News]
“United Therapeutics is pioneering the emerging organ manufacturing field, and we are honored to be part of this effort via this partnership. This option exercise demonstrates another important validation of our rhCollagen platform technology, performing as an optimal building block for regenerative medicine. We remain committed to exploring new innovative applications in the fields of medical aesthetics and 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs,” said Tal.
You May Also Like
3D Printing News Briefs, August 25, 2021: Software Beta, Self-Replicating Printer, & More
We’re starting with materials in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, as XJet as announced the commercial availability of alumina ceramic. Moving on, Raise3D has announced the ideaMaker 4.2.0 beta, and...
Facility for Mass Roll-to-Roll 3D Printing to Be Opened by MIT Spinout
Massachusetts manufacturing startup OPT Industries uses automation engineering, computational design, and materials science to develop and manufacture customizable functional materials for 3D printing. The MIT spinout company became well-known for its...
3D Printed Sensor Created by Fraunhofer and ARBURG
One of the many Holy Grails of 3D printing is the ability to 3D print fully functional items in a single build process. Companies like Inkbit and Sakuu are after...
Inkbit Raises $30M in Series B Funding, Plans to Expand Production of 3D Printing System
MIT spinout Inkbit has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). The company intends to use the funds to...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.