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70 The PCB Magazine • February 2017 EIPC WORKSHOP ON PCB BIOMEMS the PCB industry in wanting to be a part of this exciting future. Steve concluded by telling us that his Grandmother thought of a PCB as "that green thing in the back of a TV set." He explained that he now knew that it was a manifold for liquids! The day ended with an open panel discussion led by Dr. Moschou where the interconnectivity between the technical and commercial aspects were further explored by an enlightened audience. The event was attended by 25 delegates covering a wide spectrum of expertise from academia to industry. The organisers, EIPC, were very grateful to Dr. Despina Moschou of Bath University and Dr. Peter Hewkin of CfBI for bringing together such a knowledgeable and interesting group of delegates and speakers. PCB technology and medical advances rarely fail to surprise, this was especially true at this workshop where those from the PCB industry left excited about the role they could play in the advancement of technology that would transform medical diagnosis and much more besides! PCB References 1. Centre for Business Innovation. Alun Morgan is Chairman of EIPC. Scientists from the Uni- versidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hos- pital General Universitario Gre- gorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group, have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products. This research has recently been published in the electronic version of the scientific journal Bio- fabrication. In the article, the team of researchers has demonstrated, for the first time, that using the new 3D printing technology can produce proper human skin. One of the authors, Professor José Luis from UC3M's department of Bioengineering and Aero- space Engineering and head of the Mixed Unit CIEMAT/UC3M in Biomedical Engineering, points out that this skin "can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical products, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products in quantities and with timetables and prices that are compatible with these uses." This new skin is one of the first living human or- gans created using bioprinting to be introduced to the marketplace. It replicates skin's natural struc- ture, with an epidermis and stratum corneum, which acts as protection against the external en- vironment, together with another thicker, deeper layer, the dermis. Spanish Scientists Create a 3D Bioprinter to Print Human Skin

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