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KTP Case Study: Finsbury Orthopaedics

Finsbury Orthopaedics (now acquired by DePuy Orthopaedics) pioneered advanced high performance, large diameter hip bearings that feature proprietary ceramic-on-ceramic and metal-on-metal bearing technologies. DePuy Orthopaedics leads the worldwide hip market in providing a complete range of high stability, low wear total hip implants.

About the project

The main cause of failure in hips resurfaced with currently available implants is bone fracture shortly after surgery, and bone adaptation is thought to lead to implant loosening or bone fracture after longer follow-up.

In this KTP, Finsbury Orthopaedics worked with the University of Southampton's Engineering and the Environment unit to develop a new implant system with improved biocompatibility and longevity.

This final project exceeded expectations by not only resulting in validated prototypes of the next generation of hip resurfacing products, it went beyond this to contribute significantly to the design, development and pre-clinical testing of two new implants which have been CE marked, one of which has now been used in over 3,000 surgeries globally.

It was selected as the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership for the South East region by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) at the Innovate 2011 Conference in October 2011.

This KTP has also been awarded an Engineering Excellence Award; another superb achievement which recognises the quality of the collaboration as well as the excellence of the associate (a UoS Graduate) and their academic support.


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Pioneering projects win national awards for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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The partnership was a great success. Both implants will support the ultimate product, and have been critical to the company in weathering the recession and developing its own direct sales base, not merely surviving the withdrawal of its major OEM customer but giving greater independence and presence in a new market segment, offering a unique product still without equivalent.

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