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[2014/10/08]Prof. Woeichyn Chu Receives the"Biotech Promising Enterprise Award" of Taiwan Healthcare and Agricultural Biotech Industries Innovation and Excellence Awards 2014

[2014/10/08]

Prof. Woeichyn Chu Receives the"Biotech Promising Enterprise Award" of Taiwan Healthcare and Agricultural Biotech Industries Innovation and Excellence Awards 2014

On the "Taiwan Healthcare and Agricultural Biotech Industries Innovation and Excellence Awards 2014" granted by the Epoch Foundation, Prof. Woeichyn Chu's team from the Biomedical Engineering Department of this university has received the honor of the "Biotech Promising Enterprise Award" with their invention entitled: "A Distal Screw Hole Fixation Device for Intramedullary Nailing Procedures."

Research statistics show that in Taiwan approximate 30,000 "intramedullary nailing bone fracture procedures" are performed every year, about one person per minute. Intramedullary nailing procedures involve the use of intramedullary interlocking nails in the medullary cavity to aid bone fracture recovery. However, this operation requires a demanding step in fixing the screws into the distal screw holes. Over the years, researchers are looking for an alternative approach that is efficient, low-radiation absorption and accurate to overcome the detrimental obscurities of extra radiation exposure, long operation hours, and high risks of secondary damage due to operation failures.

Under the leadership of Prof. Chu, the iMet Development Team in the Biomedical Engineering Department invented the technique of using visible light to detect the distal screw holes without the need of using x-ray fluoroscopy. Experiments confirm that this technique could decrease failure rates, shorten operation time and, most importantly, circumvent the risk of exposure to radiation. It provides a great health advantage to both the patient and doctor.

Currently, this technique has obtained patents in Taiwan, China, and Japan, with ongoing applications under review in the United States and European Union. Prof. Chu expresses gratitude for the panel's supports from the "2014 Taiwan Healthcare and Agricultural Biotech Industries Innovation and Excellence Awards." The research team will devote its efforts on developing useful medical equipment and achieving the commercialization of research outcomes, with hopes to team up with related industries, and marketing the product globally, so as to contribute to the internationalization of Taiwan's medical engineering field.

Prof. Chu Receives the

Prof. Chu (middle) Receives the "Biotech Promising Enterprise Award" of Taiwan Healthcare and Agricultural Biotech Industries Innovation and Excellence Awards 2014


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