While many companies are just now claiming that they have the technologies and know-how to create artificial skin, others like Shanghai's JALA Group have already succeeded in making 3D-printed skin from skin cells.
What sets JALA Group's work apart is that it created 3D-printed Asian skin, which is significant because Caucasian and Asian skin are texturally different. As one of the leading cosmetic companies in China, JALA Group is focused on developing cosmetics that are overall more suitable for Asian women. What this means for researchers is that they will be able to use 3D-printed Asian skin as a viable and cruelty-free alternative to animal testing.
3D-printed organs and bones are becoming more common across the healthcare industry, and as this project shows, bioprinting technology has potential applications that go well beyond the walls of a hospital.