At the Academic Medical Centre Arthur Kievit has developed a method for diagnosing prosthetic loosening of Total Knee Replacements (TKR) in a direct manner. The orthopaedic surgeon in training designed a device that enables the application of a constant force to the knee while recording a CT-scan. With the use of dedicated software the condition of the bone-prosthesis interface can subsequently be evaluated. Kievit’s method improves the diagnosis of TKR loosening which is currently costly, time consuming and has a risk of a false positive result. He realised that this also implied a business opportunity, which he explored during AMC’s Graduate Course ‘Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences’. His case stood out and yielded him participation at a training day of IXA Pontes Medical, where he won a development award.
He now hopes to demonstrate the clinical relevance in a study in seven hospitals, funded by a valorisation grant from NGI/ZonMW, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. With the establishment of his spin-off firm Comforthod, Kievit hopes to pursue other projects as well: “I like to bridging the gap between clinic and business”, he says. ‘Providing a solution for everyday clinical problems is satisfying in itself, but turning it into business means you’re really giving it relevance.”
By request of the dermatologists at VUmc, Ruud Verdaasdonk has developed a ‘UV-mirror’. It enables people to see whether UV-light has damaged their skin and helps them to assess their sunscreen application skills. “The mirror is a very effective instrument for education and prevention purposes”, says Verdaasdonk, who is not only professor of Biophotonics and […]
The idea had been lingering for years. When Armand Girbes decided to finally pursue it, he almost instantly got a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. The electrolarynx, which is known for its use after laryngectomy, produces vibrations that allow the intubated user to speak. As professor of intensive care medicine, Girbes understands […]
About three years ago orthopaedic surgeon Olivier Temmerman approached the Physics and Medical Technology (FMT) department of VUmc. He had an idea to improve the surgical chisel for removing old cementing layers during hip prosthesis revisions. It was ‘a real pearl’ according to Micha Paalman, head of the development group at FMT. “Olivier had worked […]