Shah’s lab bioengineered a new hyperelastic “bone” material that is cheap, versatile and easy to print. This invention has the potential to revolutionize the repair or regeneration of bones.
Interestingly, when TEAM placed human bone marrow stem cells on a sample of hyperelastic “bone,” its presence was enough to stimulate them to mature into bone cells. The new material served as a scaffold for the cells to form their own natural materials.
Popular Science originally reported on this breakthrough. In the article they quote coauthor Ramille Shah of Northwestern University,“I think ideally it would be great if we could have these printers in a hospital setting where we can provide them the hyperelastic ‘bone’ ink and then they can then make patient specific implants that day—within 24 hours,” Shah said.
This new material has tremendous potential to revolutionize the way bone injuries are treated in the future. We are excited by the thoughtful and applicable research coming out of higher education.