ITRC Assist Traditional Industry Advancing to High End Medical Materials Market
Cooperation of Industry, Academy, Research and Medical Institutes Advance to Global Medical Materials Market
Through "Optical Systems Integration R&D Consortium", established by Instrument Technology Research Center (ITRC) of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), ITRC in collaboration with Professor Chii-Wann Lin of Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU), GiMer Medical Co., incorporated from biomedical engineering labs of NTU, and INTAI Technology Corp., a medical equipment and materials manufacturer, had successfully developed a "Implantable Spinal High-Frequency Electrical Stimulator", which can effectively alleviate the low back pain after spinal surgery. The successful achievement will help Taiwan advance to the international high-end medical product market, and upgrade medical product industry.
The world is ageing rapidly, and ageing society is an irresistible trend. Consequently, the demand for medical care increases and the medical product industry continues to expand. According to Business Monitor International (BMI) statistics, global medical product market size is valued at USD3,280 billion in 2013, and estimated up to USD4,563 billion in 2018. Annual increasing rate is 7%.
In recent years, ITRC has been actively establishing the R&D service platform for biomedical science and technology and providing technical support system and test environment for domestic manufacturers, academy, medical and research institutes to assist all kinds of medical equipment and materials commercialization.
INTAI Technology Corp. was founded in 1988 as a precision fastener manufacturer. Since then, INTAI invests in independent key technology R&D and facilities improvement, and significantly engages in the biotechnology and medical care industry. Now it has obtained more than 20 medical invention patents for domestic and international products, covering dental, implant, orthopedic, orthopedic implants and the navigation system of minimally invasive spine surgery. INTAI holds cross-industry technology integration capabilities.
Prof. Chii-Wann Lin of NTU, and GiMer Medical mainly researched on implantable electrical stimulator technology. Cooperating with ITRC and INTAI, to develope an "implantable spinal high frequency electrical stimulator" integrating with INTAI's surgical instruments, sheath, epidural and tunneler.
In aging society, spinal surgery is more and more common. Spinal surgery is often accompanied with low back pain, which inexorably tortures the patients both physically and mentally. "Implantable Spinal High Frequency Electrical Stimulator" can effectively alleviate low back pain and is currently under human trials. The stimulator will be launched soon and promoted through INTAI medical business unit's sales channel and benefit spinal surgery patients in the world.
Through "Optical Systems Integration R&D Consortium", integrating strengths from industry and academy, creating distribution channels for academic R&D achievement, ITRC successfully assists domestic manufacturers independently developing medical equipment and materials. Recently, various achievements in the fields of endoscopy, optical detection medical materials and 3D medical materials printing system have been published, which effectively enhance Taiwan medical industry's global competitiveness, and inject new energy to Taiwan economic development.
Minimally invasive medical products developed by INAI: Figure from top to bottom were two white sheaths, implantable surgical instruments, tunneler and epidural needle.
Surgical operation illustration for implantable spinal high frequency electrical stimulator, integrated with INTAI's minimally invasive medical products. (The NeuroBlock (NeuroStimulation) in the figure is developed by GiMer)