December 7, 2015

Life-saving, 3D-printed airway splint steps closer to market

A new agreement opens the door for groundbreaking, 3D-printed technology that saved four babies' lives to help more children.

A cast made of a baby's trachea and the splint fitted on the bronchus.

The University of Michigan and the Belgium-based company Materialise, which has a branch in Plymouth, Mich., have signed a license agreement that will ultimately commercialize the 3D-printed splints developed in 2012 by Scott Hollister, a U-M biomedical engineering professor, and Dr. Glenn Green, an otolaryngologist at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The move paves the way to take the splint through clinical trials.

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