I had a chance to sit down with Dean Kamen, entrepreneur, inventor and founder of BioFab USA, to talk about the amazing creations happening in laboratories and universities around the world. Those creations have never been commercialized because there is no infrastructure to do so. That need was the spark behind the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). Its mission is to make it practical to mass produce human organs.
The sooner we make bio manufacturing processes predictable and replicable, the sooner we can offer life-saving advancements.
Dean and I talked about what it will take to bring this process to scale through high-volume, high-quality automation, so we can take a miracle from a Petri dish and do for it what Detroit did for cars and Silicon Valley did for semiconductors.
Serving the Greater Good
Once you achieve scalability you can apply it to new skin, bones and nerves, to heart patches and almost anything else you can imagine.
I liken the future of bio manufacturing to food processing today. Imagine taking a family recipe for chicken soup, made a few dozen times a year, and scaling it up to where it can be mass produced and available in supermarkets around the world.
We need to take the beautiful creation biomedical PhDs are working on day and night, and scale the process so the miracle moves beyond the lab and into the world.
Addressing the Gaps
As far as we’ve come, there are gaps, and we’re working with ARMI to address those gaps to bring regenerative medicine to the masses.
From an engineering perspective, this is the future – leveraging technology and medicine for real, everyday applications that directly impact people.
This is work with a high purpose.
Join Dean and me as we dig deeper into this topic during my State of the Industry podcast, now available on Apple iTunes.