Co-design open-source medical devices: how to minimize the human error using UBORA

By | July 26, 2019

Health is a fundamental aspect of quality of life, as it indirectly has effects on the capacity to produce and consume goods and services. Technology plays a fundamental role in improving the quality of health, being the fulcrum of an effective healthcare system. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all United Nations Member States, clearly emphasizes the impact of the lack of appropriate medical devices on health conditions.

The UBORA team gave its contribution to the discussions during the 41st  International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, organized by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society organizes, which was held in Berlin, Germany from July 23–27, 2019. 

The paper “Co-design open-source medical devices: how to minimize the human error using UBORA e-infrastructure” was presented by Licia Di Pietro during the session of “Point of care – Global challenges”. The presentation is available at the following link: EMBC presentation.

ABEC Design Competition: results of the second stage are online

By | July 22, 2019

The results of the second stage of ABEC Design competition 2019 are online!

For the 40 best-ranked projects full-board will be provided for one team member to attend the ABEC Design School 2019 to be held at Uganda Industrial Research Center in Kampala, Uganda, from 7th to 11th October 2018.

For the first 28 projects developed by teams from African Institutions, travel grant, from one team member, will be also awarded.

Priority for enrollment will be given accordingly to the final ranking, up to a total of 40 participants.

All the participants will be personally contacted by ABEC Management Office, for detailed instructions, regarding travel and accommodation. 

Finally, we will invite ALL of you to participate in the UBORA e-infrastructure to further develop your projects, which will take you through the design, classification and fabrication process. You will be able to co-create with other designers with the help of mentors from industry and academia. We hope to count on you as pioneers for the design of safe medical devices to enable access to quality healthcare for all.

The Africa Blockchain Conference

By | July 4, 2019

On the 3rd and 4th of July 2019, the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019 was held in Kampala with the theme ‘Preparing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’: it was the largest blockchain conference in Africa, hosted by the President of Uganda, the 6th President of Mauritius, the CEO of Finance, the Ugandan Governor of the Central Bank and many other business and policy leaders. An exhibition was held in parallel to the conference where the Uganda Industrial Research Institute team had the opportunity to exhibit the infant warmer, one of the projects they developed using the UBORA e-infrastructure.

UIRI presenting the Portable Neonate Warmer to the Prime Minister of Uganda, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the Africa Blockchain Tech Expo

UBORA present at the 2019 International CDIO Conference

By | June 28, 2019

The UBORA educational model, hybridizing project-based learning and service learning, presented at the 2019 International CDIO Conference

Prof. Luis Ignacio Ballesteros Sánchez from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and UBORA professor and mentor has attended the 2019 International CDIO Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, for presenting the UBORA educational model. Devices developed following needs proposed by ASPADIR foundation, by members of the Spanish Transplants Organization and by hospitals and primary care units of the Madrid region have been presented as case studies. Such devices have been developed by UPM students within courses on “Bioengineering Design” (MSc in Industrial Engineering) and “MedTech” (MSc in Industrial Organization), in which the UBORA educational model, hybridizing project-based learning and service learning is applied. The UBORA e-infrastructure has been used for guiding such developments.

Example of a medical device for supporting liver transplantation

The CDIO™ Initiative is an innovative educational framework for training the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of “Conceiving – Designing – Implementing – Operating” (CDIO) real-world systems and products. To date, more than 150 of the best engineering schools worldwide, including UBORA partners UPM and KTH, take active part in this initiative aimed at “reinventing engineering education”. The UBORA educational model is among the most relevant examples of CDIO-related strategies applied to biomedical engineering education. The UBORA team has been present in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 CDIO Conferences.

UBORA devices in the Industriales Ingenia 2019 ceremony

By | June 27, 2019

Every June, towards the end of academic year, the Industrial Engineering School at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII-UPM) organizes a closure ceremony with all Master’s students and invited personalities from the UPM’s rectorate team and from the regional industry, so as to present engineering systems developed by student teams at ETSII-UPM within the Industriales Ingenia initiative. This year different UBORA devices, developed by UPM students within courses on “Bioengineering Design” (MSc in Industrial Engineering) and “MedTech” (MSc in Industrial Organization), in which the UBORA educational model is applied, have been presented. The UBORA e-infrastructure has been used, for guiding such developments, and the UBORA tool for medical device classification has been employed, for training students on the relevance of using standards for reaching successful and safe medical devices. These courses have been coordinated by Prof. Andrés Díaz Lantada (Bioengineering Design) and by Prof. Luis Ignacio Ballesteros (MedTech), both UBORA professors and mentors and will serve as cases of study for UBORA Design Schools and are shared through the UBORA e-infrastructure.

In the image above, UBORA device “Lazarus Biotech Standing Frame”, a standing frame for children with mobility problems developed according to a need assessment performed in collaboration with ASPADIR foundation, which works with children with physical and sensory disabilities.

Certification of medical devices in the context of the Reduce, Reduction and Replace EU Directive

By | June 27, 2019

The certification of a medical device can require animal testing: norms and ethical, and economic reasons impose a careful understanding of the mandatory steps for ensuring safety and efficacy of new technologies

In this context, the European Union Directive 2010/63 / EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes constitute a milestone, but many times there is no clear understanding of who-is-what, leading to useless experiments.

The UBORA team gave its contribution to the discussion, try to make a clarification on one of the cutting edge fields of research, Bioprinting of scaffold and living tissues, where a clear distinction between medical devices and advanced therapies medicinal products can be a first step toward the refinement of animal testing.

UBORA at Health&Care Summer School

By | June 25, 2019

The UBORA team was invited to participate during the Health&Care Summer School, a training course for co-design and prototyping devices for people with disabilities, know also as careables.

The school was organized by OpenDot in the framework of the project DDMP, and presented both hands-on session and frontal classes aimed at developing in a short run functional prototypes together with and for supporting people with disabilities. In fact, the motto was “designing with, not for“, and the students worked on 3 needs-based challenges:

In this context, the UBORA team gave an overview of Medical Device regulations, and how to go through the certification process before safely deploy a medical device to patients and healthcare providers.

For us it was an extremely useful opportunity to enlarge our network of people, associations and laboratories, which work together for increasing the access to medical devices.

Visits and shared research activities between UBORA partners

By | June 22, 2019

Research visits have been frequent during the almost 2.5 years UBORA project. At the end of April, for example, in the framework of WP2 UBORA innovation action, Prof. Torop from the University of Tartu spent a period in the Mannan’s Laboratory at KTH.

Recently (18th-21st June), also Dr. Carla Papa, from UBORA project office at the University of Pisa, visited KTH for preparing dissemination materials for promoting UBORA sustainability.

Palpreast – a new award

By | June 14, 2019

The Palpreast Team is creating not only a safe and effective medical device, but also a new business model, which can inspire future projects toward the democratization of healthcare technology.

Palpreast, a wearable device for breast self-examination, developed in the framework of UBORA using the platform, has been awarded by the “Ordine degli Ingegneri di Torino” for its innovative aspects.

Lucia Arcarisi received the Prize by the commission

Open-source medical devices – a visual guide for makers

By | June 10, 2019

On February 6th, Carmelo De Maria and Licia Di Pietro were hosted by WeMake within the cycle of webinars on digital social innovation, in the framework of DSI4EU project.

During the webinar, Licia and Carmelo, covered a crucial issue for those who in the world of Makers and Fablabs are dealing with the development of medical devices. The main contents of the new European Regulation on Medical Devices was presented in a simplified way with particular attention to their classification and the procedures envisaged for CE marking.

Moreover, they presented several case studies developed using the UBORA platform in order to demonstrate the easy to use of the e-infrastructure to design medical devices compliant to the current European Regulation.

Starting from the webinar, WeMake team, with the help of the UBORA team developed the infographic “Open Source Medical Devices — a visual guide for makers”. This guide aims to provide the Do-It-Yourself communities with an easy-to-use and step-by-step documentation on how to go from a prototype of an open care device to a product that can be compliant with regulations and, therefore, ready to get to the market.

Documentation: