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Biofabrication | Naomi Paxton | TEDxUniversityofWürzburg

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Published on Feb 14, 2017

Biofabrication, using 3D printing to fabricate biological tissues, offers a revolutionary solution to the growing healthcare challenge of treating organ failure and tissue loss as a result of disease, trauma or birth defects. In this talk, I’ll discuss my role in the current landscape of biofabrication research. With a physics background, I work closely with chemists, biologists, material scientists, mechanical engineers and clinicians to develop solutions for bone and cartilage regeneration using advanced 3D printing techniques. I’ll also discuss the future challenges in biofabrication, including the social, academic and regulatory hurdles, as it is propelled into a clinical reality through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Naomi has travelled to Germany to pursue a double international masters degree in biofabrication at the University of Würzburg. Naomi’s research focusses on using advanced medical 3D printing techniques to fabricate customised bone and cartilage tissues for patients who have suffered tissue loss as a result of disease, trauma or birth defects. Naomi hopes that one day, biofabrication technology could be available in every hospital in the world so patients can have customised tissues and organs cheaply, safely and rapidly fabricated for immediate implantation.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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