One Step Closer to Implantable Heart Patches

Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death in the world. 3D Microfabrication can bring life science research a big step closer to the concept of regenerative medicine for the curing of diseases in this field.

Boston University scientists contributed to this goal with a microfluidic heart-on-a chip platform fabricated by Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP). This paves the way for fundamental studies of heart tissue and eventually enables the fabrication of tissue that can be implanted into the beating heart.

Microscopic top view of the heart-on-a-chip platform with eight cell attachment sites loaded with cardiac tissue. The tissue aligns with the printed microstructures and synchronizes its spontaneous contractions with a stimulated beat. Video: M. Çağatay Karakan, Boston University

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