Silicon Valley startup 3D printing human organs to save lives


Startup of the week:

Who they are: Prellis Biologics

What they do: Make 3D-printed human organs

Why it’s cool: Every day, 20 people die waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The country is facing a massive organ shortage — there were more than 116,000 people on the national transplant waitlist as of last month, but in 2016 just 33,611 transplant surgeries were performed. That’s because it’s difficult to find usable organs. Patients have to wait for a willing donor who is a match.

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