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[2018/08/01] Professor Chu’s Team Receives the MOST “From IP to IPO” Competition First Place

Professor Chu (3rd on the left) and the “FITI from IP to IPO” industry/academic research team members


Professor Chu’s team from National Yang-Ming University's Department of Biomedical Engineering cooperated with Cheng Hsin General Hospital's Department of Orthopedics in order to take part in this year’s (2018) Ministry of Science and Technology “From IP to IPO” competition. Out of 166 participants, the collaboration between Yang-Ming and Cheng Hsin was selected for the finals of the competition and then was awarded first place.


The members of Professor Chu’s WeMED team includes the following: National Yang-Ming University's Department of Biomedical Engineering members Mr Wu (2018 Industry Academics doctoral degree class), Project Engineer Chen, Mr Chung, and Mr Shu, while the Cheng Hsin Hospital team members were Director Chu, and Dr Tsuei. The team's research is focused on a clinical problem, bone cement leakage, and they have developed a new technology to control the injection speed of bone cement. This new technology is not only easy to use, but also reduces the associated risk factors during surgery and minimizes the incidence of adverse sequelae.


Director Chu of the Cheng Hsin's Department of Orthopedics remarked that the clinical procedure, percutaneous vertebroplasty, has risks associated with leakage of bone cement. To resolve this problem, the team developed a new negative pressure guided injection technique and this was found to be effective at lowering the chance of bone cement leakage over 128 clinical research experiments.


Ministry of Science and Technology Minister Chen visits the product presentation booth and listens to a team member explaining the development of the prototype process.


The team has already developed the prototype system and this technology has been approved by the National Yang-Ming University's Research and Development Office last year; currently patents for the invention are being applied for in Taiwan and via the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This technology will continue to be developed for its target audience in the future. Specifically, Professor Chu indicated that the team is currently further developing various aspects of the technology, carrying out patent planning and starting marketing surveys, all in the hope that these will improve the product and its overall value.


The Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center Director General Joung (1st on the right) awarding the first place award to Professor Chu’s team.