Students from the Master Programme in Biomedical Engineering of University of Pisa will closely collaborate with teachers and students of ITS-Makers in Fornovo di Taro (Italy) for design affordable medical devices in the spirit of UBORA.
ITS-Maker is Emilia Romagna’s Higher Institute of Mechanics, Mechatronics, Motoristics and Packaging. It provides top quality biannual post diploma courses, geared towards gaining access to the best mechanics and mechatronics companies in Emilia Romagna.
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The first 9 months activities of UBORA project were presented during the Humanitarian Cooperation Day of Festival della Robotica in Pisa on September 12.
Starting from the backgroud at the basis of UBORA consortium, including the great contribution of ABEC and UNECA, the group of University of Pisa illustrated the advancement in the e-infrastructure implementation and some projects developed by students in the framework of the First UBORA design competition.
Our acknoledgment go to all the students who prepared the projects: you can discover them here.
With the objective to be ready for the upcoming UBORA design school, the teams of AgileWorks and UNIPI organized a 3 days workshop in Tallin (Estonia), for optimizing the alpha-release of the UBORA e-infrastructure.
The UBORA e-infrastructure will guide the biomedical engineers through the design process of medical devices, following norms and standards for their certification
the results of the second stage UBORA design competition are on-line.
From a total of 57 submitted design projects, for the 24 best-ranked projects travel and full-board will be provided for one team member to attend the UBORA Design School to be held in Kenyatta University (Nairobi – Kenya) from 23rd to 27th October 2017. Because of some joint places (i.e. with the same points), we will sponsor a total of 27 projects (highlighted in green in the table).
For the other projects, because they were nevertheless an excellent contribution, one team member will be invited to attend the UBORA Design School, too. However, we cannot provide any travel or accommodation costs: the team member has to provide his/her own expenses or request a travel bursary from their university.
All the participants will be personally contacted by our 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 and open medical devices to enable access to quality healthcare for all.
The paper “THE UBORA PROJECT: Euro-African Open Biomedical Engineering e-Platform for Innovation through Education” was presented by Prof. Andrés Diaz Lantada and Eng. Philippa Makobore at the 13th International CDIO Conference which was held on June 18th-22nd in Calgary (Canada).
The Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) approach is at the basis of the UBORA design philosophy and will be followed in our Design School.
You can find the full paper here.
The UBORA e-infrastructure was presented by Prof. Arti Ahluwalia, during a special session on Biomedical Engineering in Developing Countries, at European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference 2017 (EMBEC ’17) in Tampere (Finland).
The talk, entitled “Open source technology in biomedical engineering: fast track towards sustainable development” illustrated advantages and challenges of the open source approach for design affordable and low cost medical devices.
The Makers Community is one of the driving force of UBORA: during the Fablab Festival 2017 in Toulose, in the session organized by My Human Kits, Carmelo De Maria illustrated how it is possible to design safe and open medical devices.
The session was focused on activities of the various Makers communities in the healthcare field, with a particular focus on disabilities.
With the help of UBORA’s new friend, Marco Ciurcina, Carmelo’s speech was translated in French and in the French Sing language, to give to everyone the opportunity to understand our important message: open source can answer to several unmet medical needs.
A total of 113 design projects were submitted, and of these 60 were selected to go to the second stage. At this link you can find the list of selected project. We want to thank all of you for participating with passion and enthusiasm in this competition.
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 and open medical devices to enable access to quality healthcare for all.
During the Third WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, held in Geneva from 10th to 12th May 2017, our consultant Eng. Alice Ravizza presented the UBORA project, our proposal for safe and open medical devices.
During the 3 days discussion, it was clear that “Regulators expect innovators to give proof of safety&efficacy of Medical Devices”. The UBORA e-infrastructure closes this gap!
Stay tuned! #medicaldeviceg
The UBORA project kick-off meeting took place at Pisa University from the 15th to the 17th of January 2017. In a great ambience of collaboration, the whole consortium discussed the objectives of the project and the forthcoming steps for the creation of an open-access e-platform for the collaborative design of biomedical devices. Teaching – learning aspects linked to the implementation of Summer Schools were analyzed with promising outcomes.
The project has been featured in Pisa Today.