Orthoses for hydro-rehabilitation and devices for vacuum treatment of wounds: medical novelties of Slava and Strogino Technoparks

November 16
Economy and entrepreneurship

Moscow is creating conditions for developing high-tech companies, inventing and implementing the latest solutions in the field of healthcare, biotechnology, instrumentation, robotics and other spheres. Many of them are located in technoparks that have laboratories with the state of the art equipment, "clean rooms", testing and certification centres, and more. Over two thousand high-tech companies operate in technoparks. Representatives of two enterprises-residents of the Strogino and Slava technoparks spoke about their innovative projects.

Devices for hydro-rehabilitation

Prosthetic and orthopedic small enterprise “Ortez” is a resident of the Slava technopark since 2010. The company made a lot of innovative developments. Among them are unique orthopedic devices — orthoses for the ankle and wrist joints for hydro-rehabilitation (classes in water). They are intended for patients with paralysis, paresis and various pathologies that are accompanied by disorders of musculoskeletal functions, including infantile cerebral paralysis and traumatic brain injuries. The devices are also effective in recovery after a brain stroke, spinal injuries, poliomyelitis and other diseases.

 

Orthoses for hydro-rehabilitation are made according to individual standards. They tightly fit the limbs and fix them in the right position, providing the correct performance of exercises. Such rehabilitation is much more effective than classes on land: training in the pool is less traumatic, the body relaxes in warm water, and movements become smoother.

The development has no world analogues. Its effectiveness was proved by studies conducted in medical institutions with participation of 19 children with spastic diplegia (a form of cerebral palsy) and monoparesis (weakening of one limb). The children had a decrease in muscle tone, improved balance, standing and walking functions, and increased motivation to improve movements during classes.

"We are pleased with the support of the city and the Slava Technopark and hope that our innovative projects (and we have a lot of reserves) will receive grants and subsidies, given their acute social orientation, innovation and import substitutability," Vladimir Novikov said.

A resident of the Strogino Technopark, VitMedical Company developed devices for vacuum and vacuum-instillation (vacuum-washing) therapy, which are an alternative to traditional surgical dressings and are several times more effective.

 

The instruments speed up the healing process of open wounds, reducing the danger of re-infection.

By maintaining moist environment in the wound, reducing local tissue edema and enhancing local blood circulation, the healing process is two to three times faster compared to using traditional dressings and bandages.

"The vacuum is a good decision by itself, and if combined with an option of therapeutic solution supply to the wound under the dressing, new opportunities open up. For example, there are solutions with amazing characteristics, but they require changing the dressing every 30 minutes due to the acidity of the wound. It is just impossible to change the dressing so often. And our development makes it possible to do this in an automatic closed-loop mode, compared to time-consuming and costly procedures associated with changing the dressing. Our company is the only one that produces apparatus for vacuum instillation therapy in Russia and Europe. Meanwhile, our instruments are at least 30 percent cheaper than foreign ones," Pavel Fyodorov said.

According to him, more than 100 doctors participated in the development. The devices were pilot-tested in more than 10 medical institutions. Including the Vorokhobov city clinical hospital No. 67, the Research Institute of Emergency Pediatric Surgery and Traumatology, the Botkin city clinical hospital and others. 

In addition to the opportunity of the product real testing, the status of a technopark resident allowed the company to launch the production of its devices at the specialized Mosmedpark site (operating under management of the Strogino Technopark).

"We presented our products more than once at international exhibitions under the Made in Moscow program, and found foreign customers, but due to the pandemic the process stopped. We also participated in the funding of engineering costs program, that was is a great support for us. And, on top of that, we got the opportunity to communicate at the stage of the device designing with specialists who will potentially use this equipment, and take into account their requests," Pavel Fyodorov said.

The company's future plans include development of the project and production of new devices related to neural networks, augmented reality technology and a system for remote monitoring of the patient's condition.

About technoparks

To date, there are 45 technoparks in Moscow: eight are office-type, 31 are industrial laboratories, and six more are engaged in attracting residents. Over the past year, the number of high-tech companies operating at these sites increased by 102 enterprises. The share of free space in technoparks is only 1.3 percent. Due to the resident status, companies can rely on the financial support of the city in the form of tax benefits, subsidies and grants. They can also test their developments on state-owned and commercial sites.

Source: mos.ru

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