3DHEALS Expert’s Corner: A Helping Hand to Those in Need—Improving the World with 3D Printing
By Kelly Knights, Victoria Hand Project
In many developing countries, amputees do not have access to a usable prosthetic device. Often times, there is a major lack of resources and conventional prosthetics are too expensive for amputees to afford. The Victoria Hand Project (VHP) makes low-cost, 3D printed prosthetic devices and works with local communities to get proper prosthetic care to the people that need it. Amputees may want a prosthetic device for many different reasons. For some people, missing limbs can lead to low self-esteem and social exclusion from the community. For others, it can make it difficult to find and maintain meaningful employment. For all, it can make eating, cooking, dressing, and washing challenging to complete. By providing amputees with a usable prosthetic device, confidence is increased, employment can be found and everyday tasks can be carried out without assistance.
3DHEALS Community Update: 2019 J.P. Morgan Post-Event Thoughts — 3D Printing Off the Menu
Originally published on “Two Cents” by Jenny Chen, M.D.
J.P.Morgan Healthcare Conference attracts thousands of healthcare startups and investors from all over the world to San Francisco each January and is possibly one of the most impactful healthcare technology investment forums in the world. The city is overwhelmed with a slew of startup founders, investors, and service providers, each with their own ambitions and hopes and their best games in networking. Every SF bar is occupied by corporate receptions, and even hotel lounges startup to charge a hefty hourly fee so that people can simply sit down and have a meeting. (Secret: The Westfield Mall food court is free.) In addition to the main conference hosted by JP Morgan, many other conferences with related themes also took place with the same goal of connecting healthcare startups and investors, and in between service providers. Some of the notable events include RESI (Redefining Early Stage Investment), many medtech events organized by WSGR, and high-level healthcare forums by McDermott Will & Emery. By Tuesday, I was already exhausted from all the networking, conferencing, and receptions, but I took as many notes as I could, and here are some trends and tips I observed. Hopefully, these will be helpful to the 3DHEALS community, which also hold our first successful JP Morgan reception with our partners at Nixon Peabody.
3DHEALS Munich: Happy Hour
Date: Jan 14th, 2019 | Event time: 7:30-9:00 PM, Mecuris GmbH, Munich, Germany Register
3DHEALS Chicago: Happy Hour
Date: Jan 30th, 2019 | Event time: 6:00-8:00 PM, Theory, Chicago, Register
3DHEALS Washington DC: Pushing Boundaries – Healthcare 3D Printing and Bioprinting
Date: Feb 27th, 2019 | Event time: 6:30-9:30 PM, Washington DC, Register
3DHEALS Chicago: 3D Print Life
Date: Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | Event time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Chicago, IL, Register
3DHEALS @ CMIT 2019: Entrepreneurship and Commercialization workshop during CMIT 2019
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Event time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Los Angeles, CA, More info in upcoming weeks