Archive for May 2020

Knee surgery technology to be tested in human trial

A bespoke technology package for complex knee surgery will be tested in its first human trial later this year. The surgical technology, known as ToKa, is a new approach for an operation used on younger patients with osteoarthritis known as high tibial osteotomy (HTO). This involves an incision into the patient’s shin bone (tibia) to […]

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New device can accurately diagnose hip dysplasia

A new diagnostic tool to identify hip dysplasia in newborn babies has successfully completed a small-scale trial at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.  The device – which uses electronic acoustic technology – proved to be very sensitive at diagnosing the condition, which affects between one and three babies out of every thousand born in the […]

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Dressing that promotes healing moves closer to clinical trial

A dressing that can speed up healing in chronic wounds is undergoing regulatory approval in preparation for its first trial with patients.  The wound dressing, developed with IKC support, is impregnated with collagen fibres and can absorb enzymes released as part of the body’s response to wound healing. These enzymes can aggravate chronic wounds and […]

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Shock absorbing surgical tool reduces fracture risk

The IKC’s flexible approach has enabled Dr Jonathan Jeffers to use an unexpected set-back in one surgical innovation to develop an entirely new one.  Dr Jeffers from Imperial College London secured IKC funding to create a novel titanium device to repair joints or correct their alignment. Developed in collaboration with a multinational additive manufacturing company, […]

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Best foot forward for technology

Best foot forward for technology

Collaboration with clinicians and NHS Blood and Transplant is enabling the evaluation of an existing technology to help prevent foot ulcers in diabetic patients. Nerve damage caused by diabetes can cause the foot to change shape, losing fatty areas that provide protection to the bones. The increased pressure on the skin can lead to ulcers […]

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Woundhealing regenerative gel

A gel that combines with regenerative cells from the omentum, the fatty layer inside the abdomen, is being developed to support wound healing following colorectal surgery. The project, a collaboration between regenerative cell therapy company, Cytori Therapeutics Inc. and the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative, is being supported through an IKC proof of concept grant. The […]

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SAFER implant testing for knee repair

SAFER implant testing for knee repair

Researchers at the University of Leeds Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering are using an approach they call SAFER – Stratified Approaches for Enhanced Reliability. The IKC’s strategy for implementing this approach is to develop technology to robustly model and rigorously test new implantable devices. With SAFER, new devices developed within the IKC and its […]

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Biomimetic scaffold for large joint repairs

Biomimetic scaffold for large joint repairs

A UCL team working to design an osteochondral scaffold that can repair large joint defects has been awarded an Innovate UK grant to develop ways of manufacturing the device. The early development of the biomimetic scaffold was supported through the IKC’s partnership with Arthritis Research UK, which enabled it to be tested in sheep and […]

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A hard and fast approach to repairing tooth enamel

A hard and fast approach to repairing tooth enamel

A prototype device that can repair damaged tooth enamel – developed thanks to IKC proof of concept funding – is ready to be trialled in human volunteers. The device, which lead researcher Professor Animesh Jha describes as looking ‘a bit like a water pistol’, delivers a synthetic calcium phosphate material directly to the tooth where […]

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3D printed alloys can match stiffness of bone

Orthopaedic surgeons are accustomed to carrying out joint repairs using devices made from titanium – but although it has many of the properties needed for success, titanium is many times stiffer than bone, and can cause deterioration in surrounding tissue. Researchers at Imperial College London are working with additive manufacturing experts, Renishaw, to design implants […]

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