Researchers 3D print lifelike artificial organ models

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Organ models could improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/06/2017) — A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, […]

Researchers develop graphene nano ‘tweezers’ that can grab individual biomolecules

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Discovery could lead to revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (12/04/2017) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to […]

New tissue-engineered blood vessel replacements one step closer to human trials

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Discovery could help tens of thousands of kidney dialysis patients each year MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/01/2017) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown blood vessel replacement that is composed completely of biological materials, but surprisingly doesn’t contain any living cells at implantation. The vessel, that could be […]

Professor John Bischof named interim director of Institute for Engineering in Medicine

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Bischof previously served as IEM’s associate director MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/21/2017) — Distinguished McKnight University Professor John Bischof has been appointed as the interim director of the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). His one-year, half-time appointment continues through August 2018. Bischof has been a faculty member in both […]

3D technology helps separate conjoined twins

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Engineers and doctors collaborate in first successful separation of twins joined at the heart Five doctors stand in front of a large screen with a small group of engineers, staring in silence. Each wear a pair of thick, dark glasses, almost “goggle-like” in appearance. The silence is broken: “I feel like I’m […]

U of M startup CoreBiome provides services to accelerate microbiome discovery across industries

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Patent-pending technology could improve human health, agriculture and environment MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/23/2017) — The University of Minnesota Venture Center, part of the Office for Technology Commercialization, today announced the launch of CoreBiome Inc., a startup company based on University technology that provides analysis of microbial communities for human health, agricultural, environmental […]

Research study gives new insight into how cancer spreads

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Discovery could also benefit regenerative medicine therapies MINNEAPOLIS (06/06/2017) —  A research study led by University of Minnesota engineers gives new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer. The research […]

Jaw fracture device based on U of M technology receives FDA approval

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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (06/05/2017) — The University of Minnesota and Summit Medical, Inc. announced today that a new, non-invasive device to support jaw fracture recovery based on University of Minnesota research has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With receipt of FDA clearance, Summit Medical can now market the device for […]

3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch

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Discovery could lead to electronics printed on real human skin MINNEAPOLIS (05/10/2017) — Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics […]

3D-printed patch can help mend a ‘broken’ heart

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Discovery could lead to new treatments for patients after a heart attack MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/14/2017) — A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in […]