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3D bioprinters turn out liverlike tissues and 'biochips' in Japan

US, EU and Chinese startups also in race to revolutionize medicine

Japan's Ricoh is using proprietary 3D bioprinting technology to develop chips that store human cells. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are breaking into three-dimensional bioprinting, creating artificial tissues, chips that store genetic information and man-made blood vessels to replace shunts used in dialysis.

Ricoh, a leading Japanese maker of office automation equipment, is set to release human cell-infused chips by spring. Meanwhile JSR, a Tokyo-based synthetic rubber maker, has joined with a Canadian company to develop a liverlike tissue that can be used to test the toxicity of drugs.

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