Instead of gypsum and spoons
Russian startup learned to use 3D-printer in the treatment of fractures
tartup "Zdravprint" received 100 thousand dollars of investment from a venture fund Maxfield Capital. These funds will be used for the development and implementation of plastic clips, splints, which can be used instead of plaster to heal fractures and chronic diseases of the joints. Among the competitors young company singled out the idea to print them on a 3D-printer on its own unique technology. What does this mean and how do 3D-printers are used in medicine, "Lente.ru" said Fyodor Aptekarev, founder of the "Zdravprinta."
"To Lenta.ru": How widely used volume printing in medicine?
Fedor Aptekarev : The volume printing in medicine is already used, but now it is mostly expensive and highly specialized production. The situation is different in the near future we can expect the spread of this technology. According Wohlers AssociatesLast year investment in industry additive manufacturing and 3D-printing reached $ 3 billion, and by 2018 will amount to $ 12 billion.
In 2014, one of American Societies spinal surgery in San Francisco announced that for the year 3000 they were implanted parts of the spine, printed on 3D-printers. If we talk about our country, the Institute Sklifosovsky already produce pieces of the skull for the treatment of severe injuries.
Another embodiment of the application - is biopechat. For example, the Russian 3D Bioprinting Solutions plans this year to print the thyroid gland, and by about 2020 promise an artificial liver. However, this area is planned in competition with other technologies to create artificial organs - for example, in bioreactors.
Why did you decide to do 3D-printing?
First hooked design concept Dita von Teese Dress (Dita von Teese), created the 3D-printer, and I set about trying to use this technology to the human body. As long ride on a skateboard, then repeatedly broken limbs. After one of these fractures do I apply a plaster on his leg for four months. It was awful: the complexity of hygiene, skin problems, besides the bandage was very heavy. So the idea to create a customized orthoses on 3D-printer to help people cope with these problems.
Your orthoses completely replace gypsum?
No, cast allows you to reposition through it, the doctor has the right bone at the fracture site for subsequent splicing. In addition, it is necessary to apply the plaster quickly, and 3D-press can compete with them in speed only after seven years.
Plaster cast is applied to the first 1-2 weeks. Over this period, decreases swelling, the doctor makes an X-ray to verify the correctness of the bone has healed. The patient is then required for approximately a month to wear the new plaster to the bone had healed a little, only then you can apply a simple patch (langetku). Our product can be used instead of the longer secondary gypsum.
In the future, we have developed orthoses medium hardness, which are useful for lighter injuries, regenerative medicine and the treatment of chronic diseases. Unlike hard, such orthoses are superimposed patient immediately at the first stage of treatment.
Okay, but langetki with similar functions can be purchased at almost any pharmacy, what is your competitive advantage?
Our products are ready to hand less plastic lining, but are personally under the patient's limb: the doctor scans the damaged part of the body and makes personal brace. The process of creating a given post-processing takes approximately 10-12 hours. In this case, the patient has the opportunity to choose any color and pattern of the product. The price of this orthosis - a little more than 3500 rubles. The pharmacy brace popular brand with the same characteristics will cost 4000-7000 rubles.
We believe that direct competitors we do not. Closest skotchkast (scotchcast) and turbokast (turbocast). The first consists of a polymer plaster, the second - a low-temperature plastic sheet. However, they are expensive and require complex, long and laborious procedure of imposing.
Now we pay special attention to the fingers. Doctors say that the market is sufficiently bad things with means for immobilizing them are either expensive or not very convenient. As a result, doctors sometimes put on the finger of a normal teaspoon and perebintovyvayut finger, thus fixing it.
The high price of the 3D-printer will not allow them to sell to government agencies, and private saving a couple of thousand rubles for the patch will not be so noticeable on the background of the cost of treatment.
The introduction and spread of 3D-printers - is a difficult moment, a certain barrier that must be overcome, especially in such a conservative industry like medicine.
In the case of delivery of an industrial complex that includes 3D-printer can solve the problem, for example, the provision of leasing rather than selling lump. In private clinics, patients are willing to pay a premium for a quick and easy solution to their problems, and our products just let you do it. And for hard orthosis does not necessarily acquire the printer, the doctor is sufficient to measure three parameters, enter them into the application and get express delivery finished product.