New Delhi, May 15 : With an aim to strengthen Indo-Australian Cooperation and achieve development of 3D printing industry in both the countries, one-day workshop on organ bioprinting was organised in Visakhapatnam.
The one-day event was organised recently by Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) at the Kalam Convention Centre, AMTZ campus.
The workshop explored 3D printing, an innovative technology that covers all medical disciplines and offers new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy. From diagnostic visualisation to surgical planning, patient-specific models provide an added value for patients and physicians.
Dr Jitendar Kumar Sharma, MD and CEO, invited the delegates to experience the 3D printing facility at AMTZ, one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world with diverse materials and diverse applications.
He also spoke about bio harmonised aids for rehabilitation and treatment (BHARAT), a new initiative to develop at least 10 organs by 3D bioprinting.
Dr Gordon Wallace, who is involved in design and discovery of new materials for use in energy and health, elaborated on metal 3D printing giving valuable insights on sourcing the right material, formula formation and development of prototype and commercialization of 3D bio-printed products.
Dr Wallace is also director of Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP).
Dr Payal Mukherjee, an otologist, Cochlear Implant and LateralSkull Base Surgeon in Sydney and deputy chair of the RACS NSW state committee, stressed on the need for not only research but also availability of facilities for conducting clinical trials on large animals. She also highlighted the need for collaboration and role of cosmetic surgeons in usage of 3D Printed Bio Organs.
Dr Raghunandan, consultant ENT surgeon at Madras ENT Research Foundation (MERF), stressed on the need for financial aid from government for surgeries involving 3D printed parts as they could be expensive at times.
Sanjay Gambhir, associate director, TRICEP (Bio-Inks & Bio Materials), Alok Medikepura Anil, founder of start-up, Next Big Innovation Labs and Rajasekhar Upputuri, CEO, Think 3D also attended the workshop, according to an official statement here on Wednesday.(UNI)