Recently, the Conception Hospital of Marseille in France cooperated with a local entrepreneurial company to successfully replicate complete human skin with 3D bio printing. The first clinical trials will be launched early next year.
According to the European Times, Sabatiye, director of the Cell Therapy and Cultivation Laboratory of Conception Hospital, said that this is the world's first human skin reproduced by bioprinting. "This is a revolutionary advancement." The hospital's cell therapy. And the cultivation laboratory was established 15 years ago, and has now become a leader in the field of cell regeneration therapy. The company that provides "printing" technology is Poietis, a company in Gironde province, which was established 7 years ago. The main research and development area is the application of optics and laser technology in the fields of biology and medicine. It is worth noting that this company is small, with only 34 employees, but has as many as 70 patented technologies. In addition to the 3D skin printing technology currently being promoted, the company is also developing cartilage printing.
Dr. Casanova, the chief physician of the Plastic and Prosthetic Department of Conception Hospital, has considerable expectations for this technique. Compared with the traditional surgical plastic skin grafting operation to extract limited skin tissue from the patient, the advantage of bioprinting is that only a small piece of skin sample is needed to reconstruct a large area of dermis and epidermal tissue. The founder of Poietis, Guillermo, introduced that the technology can print 40 square centimeters of skin from a 4 square centimeter skin sample, and the company's goal is to continue to increase the printing area to benefit patients who need a large area of skin grafting.
In addition to being applied to the skin, 3D printing technology can also simulate meat quality. Recently, an Israeli company has used 3D printing technology to restore the appearance, texture and taste of beef with plant materials such as soybeans. This printed steak will be on the European table in the near future.
According to the Portuguese Chinese newspaper, the printed steak was developed by the Israeli company Redefine Meat. The raw materials are composed of a mixture of soybeans and pea protein, chickpeas, beets, yeast and other mixtures. Through fusion seasoning, the printed "artificial meat" not only tastes close to steak, but also The appearance can also restore the true texture of beef.
Currently, Redefine Meat has provided its products to approximately 150 restaurants in Israel. Next year, printed steaks will appear on the menus of thousands of restaurants in Europe, including Marco Pierre White's Steak House in the UK (a famous 22 restaurant chain) and the Michelin-starred restaurant Ron Gastrobar in the Netherlands.
"We are increasing production capacity and hope that the printed steaks can be larger than the previous products." Redefine Meat CEO Hitrit said that in recent years, more and more consumers want to reduce their meat intake to maintain their health. Healthy, and for the consideration of animal welfare and environmental protection, the market for plant-based meat substitutes is growing rapidly. The company plans to establish five more factories in Europe, the United States and Asia in the next few years.
According to Reuters, citing Barclays Bank estimates, with technological advancement and improved alternative meat flavors, the industry’s sales are expected to reach 90 billion euros by 2029, accounting for about 10% of the world’s meat market.