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Researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched their new technology for three-dimensional printing of drug capsules on Wednesday, allowing adjustments and personalization of drugs not available with conventional manufacturing techniques.
Prof. Shlomo Magdassi, head of the 3-D university and the Functional Printing Center, and Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at the Institute for Drug Research university, presented their latest technology at the second annual 3-D Printing and Foreign Conference in Jerusalem, which attracts 3-D print experts from various global industries.
This new technology allows the printing of personal medicines from hydrogel objects, producing complex structures that can expand, change shape and activate on a delayed schedule. By prescribing personalized medicines, the doctor will be able to accurately adjust the exposure and dosage level for each patient.
"We now have technology to replace standard or traditional formulations. The population is getting older so we need to think of solutions, "Benny said.
"We can now think about combining drugs together into one drug, not ten, to adjust the drug's kinetics and improve patient compliance with drug administration."
By fine-tuning the geometry, surface area and swelling index of the tablet through 3-D printing, the prototype proof-of-concept allows increased targeting of drug release sites in the digestive tract as well as greater control of drug release. time and duration.
"This technology continues to grow, it is not a dream that is far-fetched to see mass production in the near future," added Benny.
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"Prof. The Magdassi and Dr. "Benny is a very good example of the kind of interdisciplinary transformational discovery originating from the Hebrew University," Dr. Yaron Daniely, CEO and President of Yissum, university technology transfer company.
"This technology brings us closer to the future where the medical field can offer personalized, patient-centered care," Daniely said.
This annual conference attracts industry leaders and researchers from fields with a growing interest in the potential of 3-D printing, including pharmaceutical, electronic, defense, automotive engineering and even "processed" foods.
"The field of 3-D printing is really booming throughout the world," said Magdassi The Jerusalem Post. He is a conference coordinator, sponsored by the Jerusalem Development Authority, Yissum and the Hebrew University.
"Israel is the capital of the 3-D printing field, with many companies newly established and established here. Speakers from abroad showed the importance of this field to the world. We hope to establish ourselves as a center for 3-D printing in Israel, open to all academic and corporate institutions. "
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