The Temple Health and Bioscience District board of directors approved a product development grant for more than $3,000 for a total ankle replacement device at its December board meeting.
Designs for total ankle replacement have advanced over the past decades, according to the grant application.
Outcome reviews of the replacements have shown improvement in longevity of use, however function of the devises could use improvement.
According to a product grant development proposal the Bioscience District received, problems with loosening and instability and the need to replace plastic bearing components continue.
Investigators in coordination with Baylor Scott & White are developing a new total ankle replacement system that addresses the failures. The grant will fund the making of prototypes of the functional designs using 3-D printing and building the structural elements to facilitate mechanical testing of the implant.
John Sessions and Dr. Naohiro Shibuya are the investigators of this study.
John Sessions, resident at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, has experience in similar projects, including the development and testing of an intervertebral disc replacement, now in European trials.
Shibuya, an attending physician at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Baylor Scott & White hospital and Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center, has surgically placed more than 100 total ankle replacements.
In a tenant update, Tami Annable, executive director of the Temple Health and Bioscience District, reported that Advanced Scanners won first place in a pitch competition that had 12 competitors at Demo Day at Texas Health Catalyst, the accelerator at University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School.
Advanced Scanners designs custom high-resolution 3D surface scanners for medical, scientific, and industrial applications. The company has filed an international patent.
SiMMo3D, another tenant, has completed the necessary requirements for a trial with St. David’s Hospital. The company is dedicated to developing synthetic organ models for training surgeons, biomedical research and teaching medical students.
SiMMo3D hired its Texas Bioscience Institute summer intern, George Robinson, for a part-time position.
WashSense, a hand hygiene system, is in the process of installing 300 units in a long-term care facility in Memphis, Tenn.
Emergent Biotechnologies established an in-vitro cell culture model at the Bioscience District to successfully and repeatedly grow ovarian cancer cells. It is also evaluating two novel compounds that are ready for preclinical trials for preeclampsia and is examining several new anti-preeclampsia and anti-ovarian compounds with promising results.
A new and improved 3D printer will be delivered on Dec. 10. It will take two days to install and an additional two days for training.
The Bioscience District was asked to present at the Salado Junior High STEM Career Day.
David Sprague with Emergent Biotechnologies did an exercise with three groups of students using bags with different types of candy inside to demonstrate the uniqueness of an individual’s DNA and to identify a murderer.
“I talked about 3D printing and its future,” Annable said. “We’ve been asked to come back next year.”
The most recent Lunch and Learn was presented by Karen Gordesky, founder of CPG Consulting.
She spoke on “Beginning at the End: Planning for Success.”
“A great idea needs love, understanding and continued support,” Gordesky said.
The presentations are available on the District’s YouTube channel.
“Putting in a YouTube channel has been a really good idea,” said Thomas Baird, the district’s board president. “I think we’ll see some benefits from that.”