Heriot-Watt team printing the future at the London Science Museum



Dr Will Shu and his team at the Science Museum

Dr Will Shu and his Bioengineering team have demonstrated their 3D stem cell printer at the Science Museum in London, as part of the Museum’s Lates programme  - a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month. Lates have a different theme each month, spanning issues as far apart as sex, alcohol and climate change.

This month they are delving into human enhancement in an interactive festival that explores the latest advances in biological technology directly with the scientists developing them. The programme includes talks on mind-enhancing drugs and regrowing organs, as well as regular highlights.

The Heriot-Watt Bioengineering team from the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3) and Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) were invited to showcase their organ printers at the event.

The team demonstrated how the organ printing technology can be potentially used to create human tissues from renewable stem cell sources for curing diseases such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Liver failure and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

For more information on the Lates programme go to Science Museum - Lates