3D printed personalized pills with MIT in Silicon Valley

3D printed medication.

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According to Dr. Sheng Qi, a reader in Pharmaceutics at UEA´s school of pharmacy, ¨Personalized medicine uses new manufacturing technology to produce pills that have the accurate dose and drug combinations tailored to individual patients. This would allow the patients to get maximal drug benefit with minimal side effects.

He also mentioned Such treatment approaches can particularly benefit elderly patients who often have to take many different types of medicines per day, and patients with complicated conditions such as cancer, mental illness and inflammatory bowel disease.¨

3D printed personalized pills with MIT in Silicon Valley

Personalized medications possible with 3D printing.

3D printed personalized pills with MIT in Silicon Valley.

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Multiply Labs makes robots that print customized pills. A customer can select minerals, vitamins, or other compounds (caffeine, for instance) and specify dosages and release times. This allows you to design a personalized capsule.  A two-week supply is delivered to you. You can update your capsule as your needs change.
According to their website, their technology allows supplements to be released in your body at different times throughout the day, optimizing the supplements’ absorption through a dissolution process. The capsule is made up of two 3D printed compartments of varying thicknesses. The “sooner release” corresponds to the compartment with the thinner wall, while the “later release” corresponds to the compartment with the thicker wall. This technology uses knowledge of both robotics and pharmaceuticals.
Y Combinator, a startup incubator, has approached Multiply Labs to join it.  Multiply Labs has four co-founders, all in their 20s, Parietti (CEO), Tiffany Kuo MBA ’16 (head of marketing and operations), MBA candidate Joe Wilson (head of product), and Alice Melocchi (CTO).
According to Kuo, “We took these ourselves when we first presented before Y Combinator. We equipped them with vitamins and a late-afternoon release of caffeine, to keep us at our best. And, hey, it worked.¨

Rooted in MIT, startup Multiply Labs springs into Silicon Valley with printed, personalized pills.