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3D printed bionic hands trial begins

The world’s first clinical trial of 3D printed bionic hands for child amputees, backed by SBRI Healthcare, is underway in Bristol.

Currently the only prosthetic hands available to children on the NHS are hooks and cosmetics. It takes an amputee at least 12 weeks to receive a custom-fit prosthetic and can cost up to £80,000.

Using cutting-edge 3D printing technology, Open Bionics can build a bespoke hand in less than five days, and the cost can be reduced to about £5,000.

Titch logoThe Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is proud to have been able to support Open Bionics, through partnership with the national TITCH network, to achieve phase one funding via an SBRI Healthcare competition. This competition was designed to fund development of solutions to improve quality of life, promote independence and individual empowerment for children and young people.

Find out more about the clinical trial on the BBC News website

SBRI-healthcare-logo-rgb-medium 670 by 400SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the country’s 15 AHSNs, that co-develops innovative products to address unmet health needs.

The programme works with leading healthcare players to identify areas where technology can be applied to address major healthcare challenges.

Successful projects are selected on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered to patients.

Companies are supported and fully funded to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their proposed concept for a six-month development phase.

Those businesses demonstrating best value and the greatest technical feasibility at this stage (phase one) will progress through to phase two to be further supported and funded to take their technologies through to commercialisation.