Glasgow scientists use 3D printers to create drugs

As reported by the BBC, scientists at the University of Glasgow have used 3D printers to create organic compounds and inorganic clusters which could be used in drugs to treat cancer.

The £1,250 3D printing process involves the use of a robotically controlled syringe which then builds an object out of a gel-based “ink”. Chemicals and catalysts are them mixed into this.  Traditionally, chemists have put chemicals in glassware in order to create a reaction.

It is hoped that in the long term this 3D printing system  could be used to make customised medicines whereby a doctor could download pre-set recipes and even tailor the medicines to their patients individual needs.

The scientists at the University of Glasgow also predict that the technology will be used by major pharmaceutical companies within five years and by the public within 20 years.

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