Patentability of 3D printed organs

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Patentability of 3D-Printed Organs
As the need for transplantable organs is as dire as ever, the question of patent eligibility for bioprinted organs

Despite advances in healthcare and medicine, every year more patients become candidates for organ replacement. Organs that are on high demand for transplantation include kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung, and intestine. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the recurring theme every year is the imbalance between the supply of organs and the number of patients who could benefit from transplantation. The supply of organs, which is mainly through donations, simply cannot keep up with the demand.

With laws generally prohibiting the sale and trafficking of human organs for profit, scientists in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine worked over the last few decades to develop new methods for obtaining human organs and tissues suitable for transplantation. The latest technology that is being tested is 3D printing, also known as bioprinting, to generate functional three-dimensional human organs. For more information see the link below:-

http://www.genengnews.com/insight-and-intelligence/patentability-of-3d-printed-organs/77900129/

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