Medical research: Quebec will host a centre of 3D printing

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The minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, François Blais

Dominique Lelièvre

Thursday, 29 June, 2017 18:56

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The government of Québec invests close to $ 3 million in the establishment in the national capital, a first integrated centre, 3D printing medical, a promising technology that could change the lives of many patients.

This centre, the first of its kind in the province, will be born thanks to a partnership between the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, it was learnt on Thursday.

The technology of 3D printing allows for the manufacture of prostheses to measure with unprecedented accuracy. Ultimately, it could produce the human tissue, skin, and even human organs.

In Quebec city, where we already have two of these printers, the teams were able to print metal bars used to reconstruct the jaws in patients with cancer, ” says Dr. Gaston Bernier.

“We talk about a game changer. In a few years, we can say : there was medical care prior to the 3D printing, and now it is made elsewhere,” says the specialist, some to see new medical applications make their appearance soon.

Concrete benefits

The centre will not only advance research, but will bring more concrete benefits to users, welcomed the minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale, François Blais.

“We have this expertise in Quebec, while in this time, I was told that we bring in accessories and equipment of the United States, I think that in terms of cost and accessibility, it is an important win for patients,” expressed the minister.

This announcement is part of the québec Strategy for research and innovation, presented last month by the government, which aims to position the province “among the 10 leaders of the OECD in terms of research and innovation by 2022”, said Mr. Blais.

Autonomy

Stressing that the “réseau québécois is dependent on foreign goods for the supply”, the CEO of the CRIQ, Denis Hardy, also believes that the network of the quebec health will gain in autonomy, both technological and financial.

It is now nearly five years since the CRIQ is interested in 3D printing, he explained, showing himself to be optimistic about this new alliance with the health network.

“It opens the door to opportunities for major scientific advancements that will be generated by the collaboration of experts in the areas of medicine and 3D printing.”

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