Sep 27, 2017 | By Tess

The Belarus government will reportedly begin working in collaboration with Russia’s Novosibirsk medical technopark to develop 3D printed implants and other medical devices. The cooperation was hinted at during a visit to the medical technology center by Belarus’ Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov.

According to a source, Kobyakov visited the Russian city of Novosibirsk earlier today and was led around the medical technopark, being shown its various pieces of medical equipment and facilities.

The medical tech center, which has placed a focus on 3D printing for implant production, consists of various departments, including clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation research.

Currently, the Novosibirsk-based facility is developing a range of medical technologies ranging from early detection systems for cancer, tissue engineering, custom 3D printed implants, to nanostructured bioceramic implants. All of which could hugely impact and advance the medical field in Russia.

As Belta, a Belarus news source, reports, the Russian medical tech center is expected to have an output of 2 billion rubles (around $34 million) by the year 2020. The med tech center has also apparently created over 120 new medical products in the past two years, as well as 13 registration certificates.

Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov

(Image: Jürg Vollmer / Maiakinfo)

A number of the new medical devices developed at the Novosibirsk facility were realized with the help of additive manufacturing technologies. Impressively, the Russian facility also claims to have treated over 3,000 patients using its innovative medical solutions.

In recent years, as medical 3D printing technology has become more prevalent across the globe, Russia has worked to keep up with additive innovations in the field.

In 2015, for instance, it was a Russian scientist that claimed the title for having implanted the world’s first 3D printed thyroid gland. Of course, it was only implanted into a mouse, but the potential of the bioprinted organ was apparent.

Novosibirsk, Russia

More recently, Kirill Kaem, the VP and executive director of the Biomedical Technologies Cluster at the Skolkovo Foundation in Russia, claimed that 3D printed human organs could be achieved in Russia within the next 15 years. (This claim followed the successful implantation of the 3D printed thyroid gland.)

Novosibirsk’s medical technopark is the first initiative in Russia realized through a public-private partnership between the medical sector and the federal government.

Whether or not Belarus will work with the Russian medical center is not yet confirmed, though it would be interesting to see the small Eastern European country gain a bigger stake in the 3D printed implant game.

 

 

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