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Pictured: Prof David Lloyd, MTPConnect Chair Sue MacLeman and MTAA CEO Ian Burgess at the launch of BioMedTech Horizons in April 2018.

Project title: Development of a 3D printed graft for surgical repair of the Scapholunate Interosseous wrist ligament (SLIL) 

BMTH Round: One

State: Queensland

A novel strategy with a personalised bone-ligament-bone graft using 3D printed biocompatible scaffolds is set to create positive results for sufferers of Scapholunate Interosseous Ligament (SLIL) injury, the most common of wrist ligament injuries.

SLIL injuries cause dislocation of scaphoid and lunate bones and can be career-ending for an athlete and result in long-term disability for others. Typically, SLIL injuries are surgically treated, but have poor prognosis, with patients developing functional limitations and severe hand/wrist osteoarthritis, which impairs long-term health and imposes substantial economic burden. This project will support pre-clinical research and development to enable Orthocell to start human clinical trials, seek regulatory approval and commercialise.

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Consortium LeadGriffith University
Consortium PartnersOrthocell, University of Western Australia & University of Queensland  
FundingMTPConnect grant: $964,227
Industry contribution: $272,247
DurationMay 2018 - July 2021
OutcomesGriffith University was able to progress the design concept, manufacturing method and installation process. The SLIL product is now progressing to clinical trial.
ContactProfessor David Lloyd, Research Lead, Chair of Gold Coast Orthopaedics Research & Education Alliance at Griffith University 
Professor Randy Bindra, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery