Cornea donors may be a thing of the past one day thanks to new technologies. Millions of people around the globe have bilateral loss of vision due to corneal disorders. Cornea transplants can help men and women living with corneal blindness, but there are only so many transplants to go around each year.
Pandorum Technologies Pvt., a biotechnology company, is using 3D bioprinted cornea tissue to heal eye wounds. A research team is preparing for human pilot studies in 2020.
“We are working to close this gap using a bio-engineering approach through stage-wise development of a platform, which is ultimately aimed to liberate us from the dependencies on human donor cornea,” said Dr. Tuhin Bhowmick, co-founder of Pandorum with a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science.
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“3D Printed Cornea Tissue Aims to Tackle Blindness”