...and will you design them?
|Autodesk is developing CAD tools that can design new blood vessels, liver tissue and other replacement parts for the human body in collaboration with 3-D bioprinter company Organovo. After their recent announcement about the project, the principals from each side have gone into detail about their excitement for the partnership. The pairing will be a dramatic development for Organovo. Their bioprinters allow scientists to deposit cells and grow functional human tissues for use in medical research. They’re amazingly powerful 21st-century tools, but run on software left over from the Apollo era. Every time a scientist wants to print something, they have to write a script from scratch and run it from the command line. Instead of dreaming up new experiments, biologists have been kept busy debugging code. “We already work at the intersection of enough disciplines that developing software was not something we thought was a good idea,” says Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo. “Having 3-D design software will help scientists get to experiments faster, as well as make it easier for external academic experts to approach the our systems.”|
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