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British start-up develops 3D printed medical devices that speed recovery from surgery


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 29th, 2020

A company spun out of the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick aims to commercialize a 3D printing technology that helps patients recover from major medical procedures more quickly.

4D Medicine has landed a £197,000 grant from Innovate UK and £281,000 (over $363k US) in pre-seed funding from SFC Capital to advance its liquid resin technology, which can be printed into solid 3D scaffolds to create a range of implantable medical devices that speed up healing and recovery after common surgical procedures.

The start-up is currently focused on scaling up its materials production capabilities and on its initial products, including a device that would help breast cancer patients who have undergone lumpectomies.

“The anticipated benefits of our lumpectomy device concept include filling the void left by surgery and promoting faster healing by encouraging the healthy tissue to grow back through the 3D printed scaffold,” says Phil Smith, CEO of 4D Medicine.

The start-up received support from the Innovation to Commercialization of University Research (ICURe) program, which is funded by Innovate UK, and from University of Birmingham Enterprise, the school’s commercialization arm, which helped 4D Medicine secure the funding from SFC Capital.

“4D Medicine’s science is fully developed and has been externally validated, and at the time of our investment, its team of field experts had clearly shown evidence of commercial demand,” says Rohallah Ghasemi, lead investment manager at SFC Capital. “The potential target markets are huge and we believe 4D’s technology will be a game-changer in the biomaterials market. We are very pleased to have led their pre-seed round earlier this year.”

Source: Bioplastics News

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