On human for humans - a testbedd for the development of innovative surgical methods

Reference number 2018-03651
Coordinator Skånes universitetssjukhus - Skånes universitetssjukhus, Vävnadsbanken
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 250 000
Project duration November 2018 - January 2021
Status Ongoing
Venture 2018-02414-en
Call 2018-02476-en

Purpose and goal

Smart application of innovations in computer vision, robotics, and AI could in many ways improve the results of today´s surgery, but currently available test-beds based on plastic models, computer simulations and animal models can not reproduce human anatomy and tissue characteristics. This leaves a safety gap for the innovator, healthcare facility, surgeon and above all for the patient. Our aim is to create a structured process to achieve the highest possible level of reliability and safety and when introducing new methods and technology solutions intended for living patients.

Expected results and effects

Tests in a physically relevant operating room environment and on donated human tissue should be a key part of a structured process for evaluation and approval of new methodological and technological solutions with intended use on living patients. The combination of a structured process that clarifies safety requirements and a Test-bed for relevant tests should reduce uncertainties on how new methodological and technological solutions can reach clinical studies, and subsequent approval for use on a larger scale, should strengthen the innovation power within these new fields.

Planned approach and implementation

Skåne University Hospital in Lund will develop a test bed, a modernly equipped operating room with associated preparatory and control rooms of a total of 350 square meters, directly adjacent to Vävnadsbanken (Scandinavia´s largest tissue institution). The facility will provide test facilities for all surgical units in Sweden, and for developers and testers within the academy and companies - locally, nationally and internationally. The project will also develop a 1-2 day introductory course for testers who are not used to working in an operating environment.

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