Apr 24, 2017 | By Benedict

The London Medical Network (LMN), a healthcare specialist based in Ontario, Canada, has announced the 6.8 million CAD (5 million USD) formation of a new medical 3D printing center in partnership with Ontario’s Western University and British engineering firm Renishaw PLC.

The immediate creation of 20 professional jobs would be a boon for any city, but the formation of the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions (ADEISS) Centre in London, Ontario could mean a whole lot more for the Canadian city—and even the whole world.

Set up by LMN in collaboration with Western University and Renishaw, the shiny new ADEISS Centre will focus on developing proprietary solutions, sharing knowledge between partners, and ultimately producing 3D printed medical equipment that could someday transform local, national, and even global healthcare practice.

The partners behind ADEISS say that the 3D printing center will be used to make “innovative instruments and products” to be marketed to the dental, orthopedic, and medical device sector throughout North America and globally. The focus will be on 3D printed medical devices, but this will purportedly span a wide range of products: 3D printed surgical tools could form one end of the spectrum, while biologically safe 3D printed implants—knee and hip joints, for example—will also be a key focus area.

Dr Michael J. Strong of Western University discusses the benefits of medical 3D printing

“The London Medical Network aims to make our city a global leader in medical research and innovation in order to improve health care around the world,” said Dr. Michael J. Strong, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and LMN Governing Council Member. “Today’s announcement is a tremendous next step toward realizing that vision.”

In addition to the three main collaborators, ADEISS will also draw on the expertise of medical experts from Robarts Research Institute and the Lawson Health Research Institute, two London-based medical research centers. With Renishaw acting as the authority on additive manufacturing, the full group of partners is well positioned to showcase the best of healthcare and the best of 3D printing.

“Partnerships such as this one, which bring together industry, clinicians, researchers and academia, are the future of innovation,” said Amit Chakma, Western University President. “Bringing all of these great minds together will no doubt yield impressive results.”

For Renishaw, a British engineering specialist, the creation of ADEISS is a chance to boost the Canadian healthcare technology sector while also improving its own reputation in North America. The company will provide “3D printing precision technology platforms” for the new medical 3D printing center.

UK engineering firm Renishaw PLC will contribute its additive manufacturing expertise to ADEISS

“We anticipate this uniquely placed facility will yield many new innovations in both medical device design and the use of Additive Manufacturing technology to push the boundaries of current thinking and design in this technically very demanding field,” commented Dafydd Williams, President of Renishaw (Canada) Limited.

Importantly, ADEISS will also benefit companies other than those involved in the center’s formation. According to ADEISS founders, the center will provide London-based startups, learners, and trainees with a “world-class environment in which to develop and test products for use in the health care sector.”

“We have a rich and storied history in delivering medical firsts and our health care sector directly employs 24,000,” added London Mayor Matt Brown. “Here, we are doing research for the world.”



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