Archive for November 2014

Taking a PEEK at the future of replacement knee joints

A promising new material for knee joint replacements is being put through its paces in Leeds’ world class joint replacement simulation facility in a project developed in partnership with biomedical materials specialist, Invibio. New materials for bone implant surgery are continually under investigation. As people’s life expectancy increases, there is an ongoing need to find […]

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Improving spinal implant design

Operations to reduce back pain by stabilising or replacing worn out spinal discs can often fail because the implant is not tailored to the patient with sufficient accuracy. The IKC provided proof of concept funding to help Leeds researchers address this problem through a partnership with 3D image processing company Simpleware. The aim of the […]

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Regener8 POC: Safer bone cement nears market

A bone cement formulation for middle ear surgery developed by the University of Sheffield is moving closer to market, thanks to guidance from the Medical Technologies IKC. The original bone cement used in middle ear surgery contained aluminium, which meant that it worked successfully in certain applications, but was neurotoxic in other sites. A re-formulated, […]

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Regener8 POC: A permanent solution for hypospadias

The treatment of a common developmental issue in young boys could be permanently resolved in an IKC-funded collaborative project between the Universities of York and Leeds. Hypospadias is a congenital abnormality in which the urethra develops abnormally. The condition often requires multiple or “staged” surgical repairs because the patient’s own tissue is inadequate in quantity […]

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£1.6million for IKC-supported technology

£1.6million for IKC-supported technology

A technology supported by the Medical Technologies IKC has won £1.6million investment to bring it closer to commercialisation. The portable heart scanner, developed by University of Leeds Professor of Quantum Information, Ben Varcoe, was helped by the IKC from its earliest development. The IKC enabled the initial partnership between Professor Varcoe and clinical cardiologists Professors […]

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Filling without drilling: New applications for SAP technology

Self-assembling peptide (SAP) technology developed at the University of Leeds is now being used by dentists to repair lesions caused by tooth decay. Credentis, a Swiss-based dental technology company, has commercialised it in two new products, Curadont Repair™ and Curadont Protect™. This highly-innovative approach came from research led by Professor Jennifer Kirkham and Dr Amalia […]

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Clinicians at the heart of new technology

Clinical involvement facilitated by the Medical Technologies IKC has been a key element in bringing Professor Ben Varcoe’s innovation – a portable magnetometer which can be used as a heart scanner – closer to commercialisation. “Having a clinician involved makes an innovation credible as they’re able to say: this can work,” says consultant cardiologist and […]

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