There is an unwritten rule in biotech innovation that states epic engineering requires epic tools. Truly disruptive technology that changes the way we live our lives is often fast-tracked by new means and methods used to create it.
Researchers at Carnrnegie Mellon have embraced this mantra by researching the use of an instrument called the “acoustic tweezer.”
Ok, I know that doesn’t sound earth shattering, but it could make waves in the world of 3D printing!
The field of 3D printing has grown a new leg, no pun intended, called bioprinting. Yes, no longer can you just print out forks, shoes, and paperclips. Now scientists have discovered how to print out cellular-tissue structures: basically, organs!
The largest issue in this new bioprinting field though is keeping the tissue alive after it’s printed. Developing complex structures and implanting cells has become quite the task.
Enter the acoustic tweezer. This interesting piece of biotech manipulates the organ’s tissue at the cellular level by using acoustic waves. This allows for a much safer and effective method to develop the cellular infrastructure within the tissue to keep it alive.
I am tracking the impact of this disruptive technology via my social media collective intelligence system. In the past we’ve been able to get a jump on the market by discovering emerging trends in social media before they hit mainstream news.
Personally, I was excited about this technology just on the de-splintering applications alone.
Editor, BioTech Intel Trader