by Oct 19, 2016|
While 3D printing technology may have a wide range of applications where it has proven useful, the industry itself is quite limited overall as far as the diversity of those involved with it goes. Unfortunately, the 3D printing industry seems to have followed trends similar to other tech sectors, often leading to more men in the workplace than women. Despite this glaring issue, many female entrepreneurs and makers have managed to find their place in this majority boy’s club, helping to revolutionize the way that women tackle careers in tech.
One of these industry pioneers is Dr. Nina Tandon, the co-founder and CEO of EpiBone, a biomedical tech startup that utilizes 3D bioprinting to grow human bones. Her company’s advanced process may seem daunting at first glance, but it’s actually quite simple. First, EpiBone take a CT scan and create a 3D model from it, which is then CNC milled with animal bone that is cut into the necessary shape of the graft that needs to be implanted in the patient. Finally, fat cells are taken from the patient, isolated, and placed in a bioreactor to integrate with the CNC milled animal bone. [Rest of Story]