This Handheld Surgical Biopen Can Draw Stem Cells to Repair Cartilage

March 28, 2016

(Forbes) – Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science in Melbourne, Australia have created a proof-of-concept biopen that uses 3D printing methods to draw a gel-like stem cell material onto cartilage which get to work naturally repairing the damage. Researchers say the biopen is a mobile version of 3D printing and puts that capability directly into the hands of the surgeon, just like the scalpel.