It is a huge honor to be included in Medtech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators list. The reason why being included in such lists is a big opportunity is I can connect to 39 individuals who think about the future of medicine progressively.
When Organovo announced they would print out liver tissues that could eradicate the use of animal testing for pharmaceutical companies, I had doubts. Then they came up with the actual product. Not long ago, they announced the first 3D bioprinted kidney tissue.
At the conference, Organovo presented their latest research, 3D printed a part of the duct system attached to the kidney, “kidney proximal tubular tissues“, using multiple cell types. Moreover, the tissue was able to survive in vitro for two weeks. This specific portion of the kidney may aid in the testing of medicines and the fact that they are made up of three different cell types will contribute to that application further, as well as provide a stepping stone to even more complex tissues.
Now, they teamed up with L’Oreal to produce synthetic skin.
The partnership will undergo three different phases: the initial development of the 3D printed skin tissue models, followed by validation, followed by commercial supply. Each step is contingent on L’Oreal’s decision of whether or not to move onto the next phase, as determined based on a set of performance criteria.
In about one and a half years time, they have gone from an announcement to a product and two new directions. What will we see in the next one and a half years?
CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo interviewed physician Bertalan Mesko and author of “The Guide to the Future of Medicine” about new advances in technology and medicine and patient-doctor interactions and asked him one more question about what it means to be a medical futurist.
For years, we have been talking about the possibility of improving the lives of diabetes patients with technology. A few weeks ago, I shared 8 reasons why we face extraordinary times in diabetes. Now The Smithsonian Magazine published a story about a device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon when needed. Just like how the pancreas does.
Imagine seeing your bionic pancreas in action on your smartphone. We might not be far from this. Check out this story.
I’m a science fiction movie geek and in one of my recent videos I talked about the best science fiction movies describing the future of medicine. Now, in the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube channel, I take a look at the top 10 movies that will give us a glimpse into the future of technologies in 2015. Enjoy!
This is going to be my 5th Doctors 2.0 and You event in Paris which is the prime time conference of the intersection between medicine and digital every year. I’m happy to speak again about the future of medicine and give a mastercourse about health wearables and trackers. I will try to help attendees how to improve their health and lives with technologies through my own examples.
See you in Paris!