3D printing to isolate cancer cells


CATEGORY: Medical advances BRAND: Universidad de Girona

A research team from the University of Girona has used additive technology to develop a pioneering system that reduces the costs of experimentation and, therefore, increases oncological research.


The multidisciplinary research team of the University of Girona (UdG) has managed to isolate tumor stem cells from 3D printed materials called scaffolds. ONCOen3D is a biomedical engineering project that has achieved a very important milestone in research against more aggressive breast cancer, knowing the difficulty of isolating these cancer stem cells, which are partly responsible for relapses (metastasis), with the so that they can be eliminated.


An important advantage of this research is that the scaffolds will allow to increase the experiments carried out with the cancer cells since this method of analysis is cheaper than the traditional systems used until now. The results have already been published in different scientific journals such as the International Journal of Molecular Sciences or Polymers, and have been presented at different international congresses.


ONCOen3D is the first Spanish project to use this triple-negative breast cancer stem cell isolation system, which causes the most relapses in young women. This same system will be applied, for the first time, with lung cancer tumor cells. In this case, there is no evidence that this method has ever been used before.


Investigative team

The research team that has developed in this project is formed by researchers from the medical and engineering fields: the Research Group in Noves Dianes Terapèutiques (TargetsLab) led by Teresa Puig; and the Grup de Recerca en Enginyeria de Producte, Proces i Producció (GREP), led by Joaquim de Ciurana. This group of scientists develop their activity in the Scientific and Technological Park and in the Faculty of Medicine of the UdG.



ONCOen3D is a project funded in different competitive calls from funding agencies such as the Ministry of Economy and Business, the Carlos III Health Institute and the Ramón Areces Foundation. It has also been carried out thanks to the support of the Social Council of the UdG and the contributions of several editions of the Oncoswim, the solidarity race in open waters organized by the Oncolliga Girona Foundation and the Radikal Swim NPP.


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