Preclinical, Analysis and Rapid Prototyping Services
With over 30 years of expertise in the design and preclinical evaluation of bionic technologies, our team is experienced in efficiently managing and delivering cost-effective, high quality contractual arrangements for international and local commercial clients (including IP, deliverables, budget, quality and timing considerations).
Our services, located in Melbourne’s internationally renowned medical contract research hub, include:
Concept and rapid prototyping
• Trial design
• Rapid prototyping
• Feasibility evaluation
• Custom preclinical study design
Medical device safety and efficacy testing (in vitro and in vivo)
• Accelerated aging
• Flexion testing
• Electrochemical impedance
• Acute feasibility studies
• Chronic safety and biocompatibility studies
• Preclinical model development
• Histopathology and immunohistochemistry
• Image analysis and quantitative histology
Due to the scale, scope and multi-disciplinary approach required to achieve our goals, a high level of scientific, operational and commercial acumen across a number of academic, hospital and industry partners is required. We have the relationships, policies and right people in place to effectively manage a constant ‘innovation loop’ between researchers, clinicians, patient groups, and industry.
Creating custom tools
Manufacturing practical items for the lab has never been so easy thanks to cutting-edge 3D printing technology and the creativity of our innovative engineers. 3D printing is now being used for almost anything you can think of across many industries. What makes the 3D printers at the Bionics Institute so incredible is that they have been completely customised by our engineers, to create any tools or components needed for projects the team may be working on.
The unique 3D printers are used for creating small, customised and one-off tools for our researchers and clinicians. They’re also used to help develop our new electrodes. Through an iterative process, designs can be printed and assessed, with changes made and then printed again, greatly reducing the turnaround time compared to traditional methods.
“You can really only do this sort of work with an organisation like the Bionics Institute. You need a special group of people. The people need to be engineers, mathematicians, basic scientists, people who understand the safety of electronics and how to implant them into living tissue. That’s a really unique skill and very few organisations have access to it. At the Bionics Institute all of these facilities are available, these wonderful people, these marvellous engineers, a terrific organisation that’s dedicated to finding new bionic solutions to chronic human diseases. We’ve got to have them” Prof Mark Cook, Neurologist
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