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Ukranian ceramic 3D printing service provider Kwambio and Estonian early stage investment firm WeFund Ventureshave launched a new 3D bioprinting project.
Named ADAM, the aim of this joint initiative is to develop an end to end 3D scanning and 3D printing process for the production of artificial bones. The vision is that these bones will one day be suitable for use as medical implants, helping to stem the globally growing waiting list for organ transplants.
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An ambitious claim, the initiative has already gained the support of the 2019 STANLEY+Techstars additive manufacturing accelerator program. At present, if milestones have gone according to plan, the ADAM team should have completed the installation of required lab equipment and be nearing the completion of its “digital platform” development for the workflow. In regulatory milestones, quality management system development should also have begun.
Volodymyr Usov, CEO at Kwambio and ADAM, comments, “The key reason for us to launch this project is to help people save their lives.”
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Located in New York in the U.S., London in the UK, and Odessa, Ukraine, Kwambio provides ceramic 3D printing as a service, and is currently developing its own range of 3D printers. Materials used for ceramic 3D printing are also proprietary inventions of the company, one a clay-based porcelain and the other a glass-based additive. According to the company its partners include Stanley Black&Decker, GE and Airbus.
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In the ADAM Project, Kwambio will be applying two new materials to the creation of suitable implants. The first is a PCL-based biopolymer with added hydroxyapatite (the main constituent of natural bone). The second is a ceramic bioglass combining hydroxyapatite with thermal shock-resistant borosilicate glass. Each one will serve a different purpose, as the project describes “Defects in bones that do not bear direct physical exertion and perform only protective and...
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