MCUT Research Center for Intelligent Medical Devices and CGMH Bone and Joint Research Center launch cooperative research venture
Dr. Po-liang Lai, Chief Physician of the Bone and Joint Research Center at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), and his research team visited the Research Center for Intelligent Medical Devices at Ming Chi University of Technology (MCUT) in April, 2020. Dr. Lai’s research interests include bone implant materials, minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) and scoliosis correction techniques, etc. Several cooperative research topics have been agreed upon by both parties, including metal 3D printing of intervertebral discs and bone nails for fixation, as well as the biocompatibility of CMS coating on intervertebral discs and bone nails.
With the increase of human lifespan, population aging has become a noticeable issue in the world. Health problems like aging and pathological changes of spine are hence getting more and more serious. The bilateral cooperation between CGMH and MCUT is expected to push up the possibility of commercializing the products mentioned above. The visit was hosted by MCUT’s Dr. Kuo-yung Hung and Dr. Ping-yi Chen. They both introduced to Dr. Lai the laboratories, experimental facilities and research fields of the Research Center for Intelligent Medical Devices at MCUT. They also brought up the idea of using Ti-6Al-4V metallic powder to 3D print intervertebral discs and bone nails, hoping that the Bone and Joint Research Center would be able to help MCUT with the design of shape and size of intervertebral discs and bone nails.
The idea of using CMS sputtering on intervertebral discs and bone nails has all started from a CMS material which possesses better biocompatibility than HA, as developed by MCUT’s Research Center for Intelligent Medical Devices. It is therefore hoped that both sides will move on together in the future for the development and commercialization of intervertebral discs and bone nails, with an aim to solve the spine-related problems as caused by aging and at the same time to improve visibility for Formosa Plastics Group in the field of biomedicine.