Use of plastic scaffolds to treat human spinal cord injuries is moving close to reality.
InVivo Therapeutics (Cambridge, MA) has developed a treatment based on a biocompatible polymer scaffold to provide structural support to a damaged spinal cord in order to stop tissue from scarring following a serious spinal cord injury. Each plastic unit will be custom produced for a specific location using 3D printers.
The company is now building cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) facilities to commercialize its technology. Proprietary manufacturing processes at a new plant in Cambridge, MA will include 46 3D printing machines and batch processes to create the scaffolds, according to a document on the comany's Web site. In Vivo Therapeutics currently only operates one 3D printer, and is still in the process of evaluating how to manufacture the scaffolds, CEO Frank Reynolds told Plastics Today.