- Thursday March 29th, 2018
Alfabeat VC is investing in Andiamo, a global R&D center located in Poland
The technology fund has invested in Andiamo, a global R&D center that develops a revolutionary software for 3D design and delivery of custom medical orthoses for children. The center will be located in Poland. The authors of the project want every young patient to be able to receive their own medical device within a week, which is even more than ten times quicker than in the case of traditional orthoses.
The solution developed by the British startup has been granted many awards. The company was appreciated during such events as WeWork Creator Awards, Natwest SE100, Big Venture Challenge or IBM SmartCamp UK.
The company mission
Andiamo was co-founded by Samiya and Naveed Parvez – parents of Diamo. The boy was born in 2003. He suffered from cerebral paralysis and died as a result of complications at the age of 9. During his lifetime Samiya and Naveed struggled with difficulties related to waiting for the orthosis and having it property fitted. Having experienced all this they decided to develop their own solution, which will save the children and their families the pain.
‘Our mission, which is implemented in cooperation with the top class team of specialists, is to find a mass solution to the problems encountered in the area of orthotics. We estimate that Andiamo technology will greatly increase the quality of life for 50.8 million people – the patients and their families – within the next 10 years’, says Samiya Parvez – Chief Families Officer and co-founder of Andiamo.
Fight against time
Currently young patients in need of orthosis undergo an arduous over one-hour long procedure of making a plaster mould. The orthosis is made based on that mould, which often takes even a few months. This way the children receive their medical device even half a year after their visit to a specialist. After such a long period of time the orthosis often does not fit – the children simply grow out of it. Andiamo wants to change it.
The technology used by Andiamo allows for the production of a 3D scan of a specific body part within well under a minute. The next phase is a 3D printout, which takes about 48 hours. Thanks to this the child may receive his or her orthosis after just over a week. Moreover, the scan makes it possible to reproduce the shape even 300 times more precisely than in the case of a classic way of preparing the orthosis. The maximum divergence is 0.1 mm. Furthermore, Andiamo orthoses are thin enough, so there is no need to wear orthopedic shoes.
Improving the process
With the financial resources received from Alfabeat, Andiamo wishes to continue works related to automating the processing of the scanned data. The information obtained from the 3D scan will be automatically processed into a model that will enable the production of a 3D printout. Up to now the process was managed by a qualified specialist. The solution will shorten the time of producing the orthosis by 4 times, thanks to which the young patients will get it within a week. The information will also be collected and sent to a platform, so that self-learning algorithms can make the product more efficient and cheaper. The founders of Andiamo also want to improve the orthosis capacity so that they improved the mobility and posture of the patient even more.
‘The solution offered by Andiamo has a global potential and was appreciated at such events as WeWork Creator Awards. We are happy that the R&D center will specifically be located in Poland. The amazing commitment of the founder team and a fresh perspective on the problem favors fast development of the project’, says Bartosz Lipnicki, Managing Partner at Alfabeat.
‘Andiamo was created with the view to global development. The focus of Andiamo’s operations in Poland will be R&D. The engineers and the designers in the R&D center in Gdańsk will work on some breakthrough solutions in the area of 3D CAD modeling and printing in order to create the best orthoses in the world’, adds Lee Provoost, CTO and co-founder of Andiamo.
The demand for orthoses is on the rise
The orthotist, the person who fits and makes orthoses, is becoming less and less popular. The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists estimates that there is only about 450 of them in Great Britain. Many of them will soon retire and the country will be short of people who could replace them. Meanwhile, the demand for orthosis is growing. It is estimated that from 2010 in 10 years time the demand for orthoses will increase by 31 per cent.