CareCloud, a privately held technology company headquartered out of Miami, states that according to recent figures, the average cost of an organ transplant in the U.S. can reach well over $1 million. Furthermore, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 113,000 patients in the U.S. are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Anne Paschke of UNOS stresses this need for organs by expressing that only 1 to 2 percent of the population dies in a way that makes them potential organ donors. Although the need for organs has yet to be met, bioprinting has the potential of saving lives by addressing this chronic shortage through various applications.
"Our Future in a 3-D Printer,"
Osmosis Magazine: Vol. 2020
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/osmosis/vol2020/iss1/9