This project is focused on the development of a process for the fabrication of personalised intervertebral spine implants using robotic technology and bone tissue; in order to achieve full biocompatibility in the treatment of spine injuries and chronic degenerative diseases.
The participants are the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), each one responsible of a research avenue. The main aim of the UK research comes in the process development, while the Mexican work is focused on testing and product prototyping.
Furthermore, Tecnologico de Monterrey is responsible for a set of activities for the intellectual property protection, value proposal, feasibility studies and the business plan for the final technological transfer to the society; thus ensuring a proper transfer path of the technology to the benefit of low income communities in Mexico that suffer several illnesses/injuries of the spine.
The outcomes include intellectual property application, a dissemination strategy for the academic results, the enhancement of the scientific and innovative competencies of students and researchers in both sides of the collaboration and the improvement of a mutual research line dedicated to the development of medical devices for developing countries.
Dirobone is a project funded by the support of the British Council-CONACyT.
The project addresses a need to promote Technological Development and Innovation in Mexico through the establishment of MX-UK working groups for the development of joint projects of Research, Technological Development and Innovation in stages of concept tests.
The integration of the two scientific leaders (Dragos Axinte and Israel Martínez) in a working group for the development of the following activities:
– Research groups
– Planning of technological development projects
-Technological validation processes (demonstrable) of the technologies in proof of concept Analysis of intellectual property