Paper presented at the CDIO ’17 Conference

By | June 23, 2017

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. 

Prof. Ahluwalia @EMBEC’17 in Tampere

By | June 15, 2017

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.


Safe and Open Medical devices: work together for overcoming disabilities

By | May 14, 2017

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.

UBORA 1st Design Competition: the first stage results are online

By | May 14, 2017

Dear students,

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.

UBORA project presented at World Health Organization

By | May 12, 2017

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

UBORA at the ABEC Innovators Summer School in Cairo

By | January 25, 2017

The Innovator Summer School organized by the African Biomedical Engineering Consortium has represented one of the pillars on which the UBORA project was conceived.

The fifth edition hosted by Cairo University, in Egypt, focused on “Big Data for Improved Healthcare Outcomes in Africa” was the right occasion for presenting the UBORA project to the African Biomedical Engineering Community. 

Carmelo De Maria, one of the tutor of the school, illustrated the aims of the project, and invited the ABEC students to participate to the First Design Competition, centered on maternal health and reduction of child mortality.

The UBORA project has been launched

By | January 17, 2017

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.