Tumour bioprinting: the future of drug discovery
Current approaches for studying tumour biology and for performing drug screening rely on 2D cell cultures and animal models. However, they do not accurately reflect the size, heterogeneity and vascularity of the human tumour microenvironment. Scientists of the EU-funded TUMOURPRINT project are working on a disruptive bioprinting technology capable of fabricating tissue models with high fidelity. The technology uses live cells in combination with specially formulated hydrogels that provide cells with an optimal environment for survival, growth and proper 3D development. Results are expected to revolutionise the drug development processes by offering cancer models in an automated, precise and reproducible way.
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