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Biotech's 3D models could lead to coronavirus treatments

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 20:01:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A Torrey Pines biotech company is hoping its 3D models can help play a major role in finding a cure or treatment for COVID-19.

Viscient Biosciences CEO, Keith Murphy, tells 10News the company is using 3D printing to create three dimensional models of lung tissue.

The lung tissue models can then be used to test potential drug therapies to fight COVID-19, giving researchers a better indication as to whether or not a drug would be effective, before moving to a clinical trial.

Murphy says testing on a 3D model of lung tissue is very similar to real human tissue, making the potential testing more accurate than 2D model testing and animal testing.

Viscient is still in the process of printing the lung models and will then provide them to research institutions or to other biotech companies.

So far, there is no word on how quickly the lung tissues would be complete and ready for testing.