RUSNANO’s FIEP Startup and 3DToday Community Initiated Designing and 3D Printing of Medical Accessories
The engineering contract company CML AT Medical based in the North-West Nanotechnology Centre in St. Petersburg and the All-Russian community of 3D printer owners 3DToday have started an All-Russian project of a prompt 3D-printing of badly needed plastic accessories and other medical products to assist doctors in fighting against coronavirus COVID-19. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), whose investment network includes the North-West Nanotechnology Centre, and the whole RUSNANO Group fully support this project and are inviting all the 3D printing market participants to join the initiative and unite efforts.
CML AT Medical, which specializes in designing medical devices, has already designed and manufactured a batch of prototype adapters for artificial lung ventilation apparatuses valves and protective shields and has handed them over for testing. The company is ready to accept orders for medical products required by doctors, promptly design and verify 3D models and, in cooperation with 3DToday and the entire 3D printer owners community, transfer them to the nearest 3D printing centre throughout Russia.
Face mask adapter, the photo was provided by CML AT Medical
The project was born in response to the surge needs of health workers fighting against coronavirus. “In recent weeks, we have received numerous same type requests from doctors who asked us to design and manufacture disposable adapters for filters in ALV apparatuses and face screens for masks,” Yana Chekryzhova, CEO of CML AT Medical, stated. “After the first stage of this work where we provided 50 screens and 20 adapters for testing, it became clear that we need to scale up our experience. That was why we supported the initiative of the 3DToday community to bring together 3D printers from all over the country. In turn, we shall make publicly available all newly created 3D models with the description of print modes and materials.”
RUSNANO Group is ready to involve 3D printing capacity of the entire network of nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs in the project. “TechnoSpark Contract Services are ready to promptly produce the parts required for the efficient work of doctors in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk,” said Oleg Lysak, Director for Contract Businesses of TechnoSpark Group of Companies, which is also a part of the FIEP nanocentre network. “Additive technologies have a vast potential for the medical branch: it is possible to make plastic and metal parts for repairing medical equipment, manufacture individual products, adapt devices for work within the system.” Oleg Lysak hopes that the joint initiative of CML AT Medical and 3DToday will help domestic clinical medicine discover the possibilities of 3D printing (so far clearly underestimated), which will allow additive technologies to become part of the daily lives of doctors.
“In this difficult period for our country when we have to fight against the spread of coronavirus and treat those infected, it is important to involve business in the search for new solutions and support the conversion of production. This is especially true for innovative industries that work with medical devices and produce accessories for them,” said Dmitry Yalov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Leningrad Region, Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development and Investment Activities. “Russian companies are ready to promptly provide products most in demand. The engineering contract company CML AT Medical from the North-West Nanotechnology Centre, which designed and manufactured a batch of prototype adapters for ventilator valves is exactly the kind of example.”
The deputy head of the regional government considers it important that a list of medical devices be drawn up at the federal level to which the priority procedure of state registration would be applied, such as ALV apparatuses and their accessories, and that the period of registration for such medical devices be reduced at all stages.
In many countries, the close cooperation of 3D printer owners has eliminated the shortage of artificial lung ventilation (ALV) apparatuses valves, face screens and other medical products critically needed for successful fight against spread of the coronavirus infection and for medical treatment of it.
The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.
The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.
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CML AT Medical designs products at the interface of medical and engineering competences taking into account the requirements of the doctor and the specifics of production technologies. Its valuable asset is the development of individual endoprosthesis with improved osseointegration on the basis of patient’s Computed Tomography scans, fixing screws and plates for them, serial medical products and instruments. Thanks to the established partner network in 3D printing, machining, distribution and registration, the company is able to provide fast and efficient production of medical products from various materials.
For more information about the company, visit cmlatmed.ru.
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3Dtoday.ru is the largest and most authoritative community of people working in the 3D industry in the Russian segment of the Internet. It unites more than 175,000 subscribers and active participants, has more than 4,000,000 page views per month, more than 400,000 unique visitors per month; its website contains more than 80,000 materials.
For more information about the company, visit 3dtoday.ru.