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Pictured: Prof Peter Choong of St Vincent's Melbourne, Federal Minister for Health Hon. Greg Hunt MP and MTPConnect GM International & Government Dr Sandhya Tewari and Project Manager Divya Kalla in April 2018 at the launch of BioMedTech Horizons in Melbourne.

The BioPen is set to provide the first in-situ bioprinting treatment for cartilage injuries, developed at the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne biofabrication facility, BioFab3D@ACMD. 

Cartilage injuries occur in two thirds of all joint trauma, with many leading to osteoarthritis that cannot be adequately prevented or treated using current complex surgery interventions. The BioPen project is working to accurately repair the joint injury, by rapidly isolating stem cells from a patient, loading these into a gel scaffold then printing new cartilage using a hand held device directly into the defect. 

The combination of stem cell technology, engineering and surgical innovation promises to simplify surgery through a one-off surgical procedure with the capacity to bank cells for future use if repeat surgery is required. The BioMedTechHorizons funding will enable this project to advance a prototype device, methodologies and bio-ink formulations towards a commercialisable therapy.

Visit St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne for more details.

Listen to our podcast to hear St Vincent's Centre Manager talk about the BioPen project and more.

Twitter: @StVincentsMelb@BioFab3D

LinkedIn: St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Consortium LeadSt Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Consortium PartnersThe University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong & Swinburne University of Technology
Contact Professor Peter Choong, Head of Department of Surgery, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne -