3D Bioprinting for Artificial Pancreas Organ

  • Seon Jae Lee
  • Jae Bin Lee
  • Young-Woo Park
  • Dong Yun LeeEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1064)


Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) results from an autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the islet of the endocrine pancreas. Although islet transplantation has been regarded as an ideal strategy for T1D, transplanted islets are rejected from host immune system. To immunologically protect them, islet encapsulation technology with biocompatible materials is emerged as an immuno-barrier. However, this technology has been limited for clinical trial such as hypoxia in the central core of islet bead, impurity of islet bead and retrievability from the body. Recently, 3D bioprinting has been emerged as an alternative approach to make the artificial pancreas. It can be used to position live cells in a desired location with real scale of human organ. Furthermore, constructing a vascularization of the artificial pancreas is actualized with 3D bioprinting. Therefore, it is possible to create real pancreas-mimic artificial organ for clinical application. In conclusion, 3D bioprinting can become a new leader in the development of the artificial pancreas to overcome the existed islet.


Type 1 diabetes Islet transplantation Artificial pancreas 3D bioprinting Scale up Hypoxia 



This study was supported by Basic Science Research Program (NRF-2015R1A2A1A05001832) and partially by the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program (NRF-2015M3A9E2030125) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Korean Government (MSIP & MOHW). Also, this study was partially supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number: HI14C2099).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seon Jae Lee
    • 1
  • Jae Bin Lee
    • 1
  • Young-Woo Park
    • 1
  • Dong Yun Lee
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, BK21 PLUS Future Biopharmaceutical Human Resource Training and Research TeamHanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST)Hanyang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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