The cardiovascular system indisputably dictates the fitness level and longevity of any individual. It is also one of the top killers and debilitating conditions of modern human beings no matter where you live. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 659,000 people in the United States die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease costs the United States about $363 billion each year from 2016 to 2017. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.” [https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm]
But heart disease has many causes, one of which includes iatrogenic causes, a result of modern medicine. Cardiotoxicity is one of the major side effects of many cancer drugs, for example. Can 3D Bioprinting rejuvenate our hearts? To answer this question, we have invited one of the most comprehensive world-class experts from academia, industry, startup world to engage with the audiences on the possibilities of this emerging technology in solving a critical problem, topic including and not limited to bioprinting “mini-hearts”, “heart components”, “cardiac repair patch”, among others.