The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 120,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list to receive organ donations.
Hopefully, someday soon, the groundbreaking research of Turkish-American scientist Ibrahim Ozbolat may help shorten this wait time and lower death rates among these chronically-ill patients.
“There is a lot of demand,” Ozbolat said. “Since we have the technology, the bio-printing technology, that helps us to make very complicated cellular structures, so, why don’t we use that for different needs?”
Ibrahim Ozbolat: Printing health solutionsTurkish-American scientist Ibrahim Ozbolat talks about the cutting-edge field of bio-printing science.
At the Ozbolat Lab at Pennsylvania State University, Professor Ozbolat and his team are innovating in the cutting-edge field of bio-printing science and leaving their mark on regenerative medicine. Their current research includes feats that, until now, were only the stuff of science-fiction films: tissue engineering and bio-printing a pancreatic organ. Success in this area of research could eventually help increase the availability of organs around the world.
“There’s a big gap between the number of people waiting for an organ donation and the available organs,” explained Ozbolat. “So bio-printing has the capability to make it, but we still have some progress that needs to be done in the field.”
Dr. Ibrahim Ozbolat joined Mike Walter in our New York studio to share more about his innovative research.