The Science and Technology Impact Assessment Panel of the European Parliament has initiated a foresight study on “Additive bio-manufacturing: 3D printing for medical recovery and human enhancement“. The project aims to assess 3D printing of biological or conventional materials for the purpose of rehabilitating, supporting or augmenting biological functionality, and will be used to examine potential policy needs in the area.
The first phase of the project identified the key technologies, narratives and potential impacts of bio-3D printing and also included a workshop designed to explore key impacts. During the second phase, scenario development workshops were organized. On 28 September, an interactive working session was dedicated to exploring the future of 3D bioprinting technology via a set of ‘story-based scenarios’. These are stories that are designed to support the exploration of social, ethical and regulatory issues under a range of different future scenarios of technical development.
Angela Simone from Giannino Bassetti Foundation, SMART-map Deputy Coordinator and organizer of the Milan Industrial Dialogue on 3D printing in biomedicine, was invited to take part in the workshop.