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.