Integrum chairman, Dr. Rickard Brånemark, takes on a research position at MIT
Integrum, a leading provider of innovative solutions for bone anchored prosthetics, is pleased to announce that the company’s founder, principal owner and chairman of the board, Dr. Rickard Brånemark, has accepted a part time research position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA.
Dr. Brånemark will work closely with Professor Hugh Herr, a world leading authority in advanced amputation prosthetics and head of the MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics Group.
Professor Herr says, "Osseointegration is a potentially game changing technology in amputee care, and Dr Brånemark is bringing the most advanced osseointegration technology to our group."
As previously communicated, Integrum is already collaborating with MIT in two research projects financed by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), which focus on upper limb amputated patients.
Dr. Brånemark’s role at MIT provides new opportunities for Integrum to collaborate more closely with MIT within these two existing projects, and also paves the way for potential new projects.
Dr Brånemark has pioneered studies of titanium implants to anchor limb prostheses for more than 20 years. He has carried out more than 200 such operations. Dr. Brånemark is internationally recognized and has received awards including the Hanger Prize (2007) for his contribution to amputation research, the UCSF Presidential Chair Award (2016), the Blatchford Award (2017) and the Dr Per Uddén Prize (2017).
Integrum’s OPRA™ implant system is the only FDA-approved, bone anchored prosthetic solution available in the United States. OPRA™ consists of an anchorage element (fixture) and a skin penetrating device (abutment). The fixture is surgically inserted into the bone and, after a healing period, the abutment is connected to the fixture. The prosthetic limb is then attached directly to the abutment via the OPRA™ Axor™, a prosthetic connection and safety device.
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