The ‘Chemputer’

Jul 24, 2012 | Tech News

WHAT IS IT?
A 3D printer that can print out any drug by producing organic molecules via sequenced reactions. Currently in the prototype phase.

WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
This has the potential to democratize complex chemistry, allowing anyone to produce any drug in a cost effective manner. Future ‘prescriptions’ may come in the form of ‘recipes’ that you can upload to your Chemputer, which then produces custom-tailored drugs to meet your medical needs. No more trips to the pharmacy. Anyone in the world could potentially have access to life-saving drugs, if she has the printer, the base ingredients, and an internet connection.

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