On September 11st, a nice Tuesday night, 3DHeals Taipei was held at the newly established Clinical Innovation Center(CiC) in Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Hundreds of participants from diverse backgrounds joined the event, including doctors, dentists, engineers and entrepreneurs. The event was aimed to connect innovators and early adopters on a single platform in healthcare 3D printing, bio-printing, and related technologies.
Participants had been enthusiastically networking and discussing projects before the opening, showing great passion over the upcoming event. 3D printed gadgets exhibited by Industrial Technology Research Institute grabbed the participants’ attention, leading to more discussion and connection. There are four topics in 3DHeals Taipei, and the following paragraphs will give you a quick glimpse of the overwhelming talks.
3DHEALS Taipei started with the opening remarks gave by the founder of 3DHeals, Jenny Chen M.D. She enlightened the audience with the booming 3D printing market and the ongoing trend worldwide. She also stressed the importance of the collaboration between the medicine and engineering industry.
3DHeals Taipei started with the opening remarks gave by the founder of 3DHeals, Jenny Chen M.D. She enlightened the audience with the booming 3D printing market and the ongoing trend worldwide. She also stressed the importance of the collaboration between the medicine and engineering industry.
Dr. Yi-Ting Yeh and Dr. Jui-Yu Chen, both surgeons from Taipei General Veterans Hospital, talked about how surgeons become designers in transoral thyroidectomy. Surgeons often face the challenge of severing the mental nerve when operating via endoscope because of the great variety of patient’s anatomy. Luckily, by innovatively combing CT scans with 3D mapping, surgeons are able to have a clear understanding of the anatomy and perform via Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach (TOETVA) that minimizes the surgical wound.
Wei-Chin Huang, from ITRI Laser & Additive Manufacturing Technology Center, focused on the application of 3D printing and the role ITRI played in the industry in Taiwan. He started his talk by introducing various medical device produced by different companies worldwide, then emphasized on the collaborations ITRI has with local start-ups in Taiwan. Start-ups often face obstacles of the lack of funds for the 3D printing machine, and that is where ITRI steps in. ITRI provides hardware and technique advice for newly established companies, helping the industry to thrive.
Chao-Ming Chen, a specialist in the musculoskeletal tumor, gave the audience an overview of how 3D-printed bone fragments changed the way surgeons repair tumor excision sites and improve the prognosis of patients with the constantly improving precision and efficiency. Patients no longer need to be amputated because of the loss of bone while 3D-printed bones can rebuild the bones infiltrated by tumors. Dr. Chen gave the audience an excellent example of the successful collaboration between medicine and engineering.
Jimmy Su, the CEO of enlighten materials, closed up 3DHeals Taipei by talking about the utilization of 3D-printing in Dentistry. Dentistry is one of the earliest field 3D-printing had been applied on, making it more mature and profitable compared to other start-ups. Jimmy used the products of his company to introduce the evolution of 3D-printing techniques and welcomed innovators in various backgrounds to collaborate.
3DHeal Taipei closed up after the four inspiring talks. The meeting of great minds tonight would surely bring the medical 3D-printing industry in Taiwan into a new era.
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