Current solutions and implants used for bone regeneration and replacement are suboptimal. This project is based on application of 3D printing technology to create exact replicas (custom-made scaffolds) of missing large bone fragments that could be enriched with patient’s bone stem cells and microvascular networks. Such implants have potential to become a game-changer and can lift bone regenerative medicine to the whole new level.
The major goal of this project is to develop 3D printed scaffolds with novel designs for vascularized long bone regeneration. This project focuses on preclinical evaluation of these new designs in large animal model (sheep).