Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has organised a one-day workshop on Organ Bio Printing at Kalam Convention Center, AMTZ Campus, Visakhapatnam. The workshop was held to strengthen Indo-Australian Cooperation and foster the development of the 3D printing industry in both countries.
The workshop explored an innovative technology on 3D printing that covered all medical disciplines and offers new opportunities in diagnostics and therapy. From diagnostic visualisation to surgical planning, patient-specific models provide added value for patients and physicians.
Dr Jitendar Kumar Sharma, MD and CEO, invited delegates to experience the 3D printing facility at AMTZ. He also spoke about Bio Harmonised Aids for Rehabilitation and Treatment (BHARAT), a new initiative to develop at least 10 organs by 3D Bioprinting. He Invited international and national collaboration for this project that would benefit lakhs of people.
Dr Gordon Wallace, Director of Translational Research Initiative for Cellular Engineering and Printing (TRICEP), who is involved in design and discovery of new materials for use in energy and health, elaborated on metal 3D Printing, giving valuable insights on sourcing the right material, formula formation, and development of prototype and commercialisation of 3D Bio-Printed products.
Dr Payal Mukherjee, an Otologist, Cochlear Implant and LateralSkull Base Surgeon in Sydney and Deputy Chair of the RACS NSW State Committee, stressed on the need for research and the availability of facilities for conducting clinical trials on large animals. She also highlighted the need for collaboration and the role of cosmetic surgeons in the usage of 3D Printed Bio Organs.
The need for financial aid from the government for surgeries involving 3D Printed parts was emphasised by Dr Raghunandan, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Madras ENT Research Foundation (MERF), Chennai
The workshop was also attended by Dr Sanjay Gambhir, Associate director, TRICEP (Bio-Inks & Bio Materials); Alok Medikepura Anil, Founder of Next Big Innovation Labs; and Rajasekhar Upputuri, CEO, Think 3D.