Thanks to researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia, prosthetists in India will have access to the latest advances in 3D bioprinting to correct ear deformities.
Researchers based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) have dispatched two customised bioprinters designed and manufactured in Wollongong to Indian medical device manufacturers.
This is part of a strategic collaboration between UOW and Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone (AMTZ) in India.
The 3D Genii will allow a prosthetist to complete their work faster and in a more streamlined manner.
This technology will providing simple scanning technology that can be used remotely to ensure the system is more accessible across the broader population.
ACES Director, Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace AO, said this will help in creating new industries and building local medtech infrastructure for both Australia and India.
“Both India and Australia have challenges in delivering health innovations to their rural areas. We hope these latest developments will help in reaching out to those patients and healthcare professionals who can work remotely with us to access 3D printing technologies.”
UOW’s Global Brand Ambassador, former cricketer Adam Gilchrist AM, said the 3D bioprinting collaboration has much to offer both India and Australia in advancing research, training and manufacturing.
“UOW already has many strong connections with India, and there’s so much more we could do together. It’s exciting to see UOW share its internationally renowned expertise in bioprinting to help India establish a state-of-the-art, affordable and accessible industry that will have a real and significant impact in local communities in both India and Australia.”
This project is led in collaboration with RPA Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee.