Rejoint received a €3MM (~US $3.4MM) grant from the EU's Horizon 2020 SME Innovation and Research Program as a recipient of the Fast Track to Innovation award. Funds will support commercialization of the YourKnee™ total knee replacement system.
The YourKnee approach combines elements of 3D printing, patient-specific implants, artificial intelligence and wearables to design personalized implants, surgical simulation and post-op rehabilitation tools for every patient.
Mechanical testing of the system was successfully completed in 4Q18.
Among others, Rejoint has partnered with the information technology EU joint venture formed between Sensoria Health in the U.S. and ICT in the Netherlands, as well as the Italian computer-aided surgery company Orthokey and Fundación Rioja Salud Research Hospital in Spain.
Sources: Rejoint, ORTHOWORLD Inc.
Cobalt Chrome Additive Total Knee Successfully Tested by Italian Startup
Italian startup Rejoint recently completed its first ASTM mechanical testing campaign of YourKnee™, a cobalt chrome total knee replacement system additively manufactured using Electron Beam Melting (EBM).
Cobalt chrome is the most widely used metal in knee implants. According to Rejoint leadership, the company aims for YourKnee to be the first CE-Marked cobalt chrome total knee system utilizing EBM additive manufacturing. "There are companies that claim to provide 3D-printed total knees," commented Gian Guido Riva, Founder and CEO of Rejoint. "The reality is that they 3D-print patient-specific plastic instruments, or they 3D-print a wax mold that will be used to cast the femoral and tibial components of each implant."
The first YourKnee surgery is slated to occur in Italy during 1Q19, with commercial partner Link Orthopaedics. Limited launch is slated for 2H19, following expected receipt of CE Mark approval in 2Q19.
Rejoint’s approach to total knee replacement leverages elements of artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, surgical simulation, pre-op planning, patient-specific femoral and tibial components, wearables and post-op rehabilitation to bring greater efficiencies to procedures and aid patient recovery.
Other partners to Rejoint include Arcam, a GE Additive Company; Enhatch, developer of an inventory/logistics platform and Fit2Kit™ patient-specific planning software; Orthokey, provider of Computer Aided Surgery tools like the Perseus smart cutting guide for YourKnee total knee replacement; and Sensoria Health, a provider of artificial intelligence solutions for healthcare including senors for post-op rehab.
Rejoint leadership boasts several decades of experience in the medical device industry, previously working for companies including Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Covidien, SAMO and Sorin.
Mr. Riva, previously CEO of SAMO, said that Rejoint’s successful mechanical test marked a milestone for the company and its partners. “After several years of close collaboration with leading surgeons and our technology partners, we have validated the use of the material and are prepared to deliver the future of orthopaedic surgery."
Rejoint successfully completed mechanical testing of the YourKnee™ EBM Cobalt Chrome 3d-printed total knee arthroplasty system.
Rejoint's approach combines elements of 3D printing, patient-specific implants, artificial intelligence and wearables to design personalized implants, surgical simulation and post-op rehabilitation for every patient.
The first custom surgery will be performed in Italy in 1Q19, with commercial partner Link Orthopaedics. Limited launch of YourKnee is slated for 2H19, following receipt of CE Mark approval.
Other partners to Rejoint include Arcam EBM, a GE Additive Company; Enhatch, developer of an inventory/logistics platform and Fit2Kit™ patient-specific planning software; and Orthokey, provider of Computer Aided Surgery tools like the Perseus smart cutting guide for TKA.
ReJoint, an entrepreneurial group in Italy is challenging the status quo. This is the first startup to bring together for a better TKA product and service. ReJoint is leveraging AI + 3D printing + wearables. They are partnering with Enhatch for the Fit2Kit algorithm. ReJoint offers thousand of sizes for each patient (any combination of lateral and medial geometries), but in the end, only one (the perfect fit) is shipped to the surgery. Think no-overhand or under-hang for femoral and tibial bone coverage. First-in-man surgeries are scheduled for early 2019.
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