TECHNOLOGY:  

Osseointegrated Prosthetic Limb - OPL

AFFILIATION:   Osseo-PL, Inc., Reno, Nevada, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Medical & Biotech
Area: Rehabilitation
Tech Readiness: TRL 8

Tech Brief: The OPL is a new type of prosthesis implanted directly into an amputeeā€™s femur or tibia which, when integrated with the bone allows for simple, quick and safe connection between the stump and the lower prosthesis. The device and surgery provide amputees with greater mobility, comfort and quality of life.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This technology directly addresses the main tenets of the Department of Defense Rehabilitation Directive, which aims to return service members with limb loss to pre-injury function and Active Duty. The importance of improving the well-being and functional capacity of amputees cannot be over-emphasized, as amputation often results in delayed returns to military duty and significantly reduced quality of life, as well as high costs associated with treatment. This technology will provide a novel, effective and accelerated treatment strategy for the definitive reconstruction and rehabilitation of military amputees. This has the potential to minimize attrition from duty, promote rapid recovery, increase quality of life, and reduce the high treatment costs associated with amputation among military personnel. The important implications of this technology also apply to civilian amputees. Currently, there are 1.9 million people with limb loss living in the US, and this number is expected to double by 2050. The estimated cost for the US government arising from the treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb amputees amounts to US$6.5 billion per year. These figures reflect on the strong need for high-performance prosthetic devices that can achieve effective reconstruction of limb amputations in the US today.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)
Website: http://www.osseointegrationaustralia.com.au/
Booth Number: W614