Innovation

A machine that prints skin

Skin printer

It might sound like science fiction, but researchers at Sunnybrook have developed a machine that prints human-like skin for burn patients. More from the latest Sunnybrook Magazine:

“Our vision is to add the cells of burn patients to the device and have it print out skin that is the colour of their skin, with sweat glands, hair, dermis, epidermis – mimicking their own anatomical skin,” explains Dr. Marc Jeschke, medical director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook. If it pans out, he adds, the device should be capable of producing “a whole body’s worth of skin in four to five hours.” For the millions of people around the world who suffer burns each year, “it could change the game on how we practise wound care.”

Watch the machine in action in this CTV Canada AM video:

CTV's Dr. Marla and Sunnybrook's Dr. Jeschke talking about burn treatment

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Brent Creelman

Brent Creelman

Brent Creelman is a web communications specialist at Sunnybrook.

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