Scientists use 3D printing for bone repair to improve quality of life for patients in Bogota

17 March, 2022

The IDCBIS research team plans to start clinical trials by the end of 2022.

January, 2022. Currently, the recovery time for fractures can take from 3 to 6 months. However, in some particular conditions, this time is extended to a year or more, because a large number of surgeries are required for patients to recover their mobility and normal rhythm of life. For this reason, researchers at the Tissue Engineering Unit of the District Institute of Science, Biotechnology and Innovation in Health (IDCBIS) decided to use 3D printing to develop bone structures that can be applied in general and personalized medicine.

This is the first time that design, 3D printing and basic sciences have been combined to develop a device made with polylactic acid (PLA) for the repair of musculoskeletal tissue in Colombia. The results obtained in preclinical trials have shown greater efficacy compared to conventional methods. This is due to the device's architecture, which favors cell migration and its design prevents the muscle from invading it, thus contributing to tissue repair.

This research is led by scientists Ingrid Silva, William Cárdenas and Adriana Lara. The research is currently in the pre-clinical stage and the clinical phase is planned for the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023.

According to Dr. Bernardo Camacho, director of IDCBIS, "these types of research contributions are fundamental to contribute to improving the health of the country's population". He also explained that this project is part of the consolidation of a research and product development platform that has been developed at the Institute and which has allowed it to be recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation as a Research Center.

Other research conducted by the unit led by Dr. Ingrid Silva includes bioengineering of skin tissue and bone tissue, biological scaffolds for skin regeneration, cell encapsulation for advanced therapy, among others.


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