Tissue engineering is the topic that is the hottest in a Japanese medical society. In addition, the 3D printer is introduced into it, too. Today, Saga University and Cyfuse of the startup announced that they made artery with 3D printer.
This is the first time in Japan that blood vessel was made with 3D printer. Skin of a patient was used as materials. This 3D printer production artery is used in the transplant of artificial dialysis and the cardiac coronary bypass operation. They have already finished patent application in several countries and acquire a patent in Japan, United States, China and Singapore. This is still an experiment stage, but they aim at being in use five years later.