TraBTech, the medical Additive Manufacturing subsidiary of Btech, based in Ankara, Turkey, has received a new investment and research fund of €1.3 million for the development of advanced additively manufactured implant applications. The company intends to use this funding to complete the regulatory process for its new orthopaedic and pediatric products. As well as relocating its headquarters to Germany to access the EU market, the company will prepare for FDA approval whilst commercialising its TrabCup hip prosthesis, its first mass-produced AM product.
Founded by Kuntay Aktaş, Dr Erol Teberoğlu, and the founders of BTech, TraBTech is additively manufacturing a series of titanium trabecular implants. These implants are reputed to quickly integrate with bone, provide fast healing, and are suitable for young and old patients due to their trabecular surface technology, which resembles the structure of bone and promotes the growth of bone and tissues. The porous structure of the implants is intended to maximise tissue and blood flow, creating a special environment for cells to bond to at a nano level.
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According to the company, the use of titanium and Additive Manufacturing have allowed the implants to provide high biocompatibility, strength, and low friction coefficient, as well as flexibility and easy stabilisation, thereby increasing the lifespan of the implants in the human body and improving patient quality of life.
“When we first started working in this field, the Additive Manufacturing technology and medical applications were not well-known. Today, we can see the acceptance of a technology that is set to revolutionise the implant industry,” stated Aktaş. “Such transformations can only be achieved through strong collaborations. We bring our developed products to life through collaborations with some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the world. TrabTech is not an implant or orthopaedic company – it’s a new-generation technology company that uses methods, tools, ways of working, and multinational company culture that goes beyond its developed products. Our collaborations with important institutions in Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are particularly exciting for us as they reflect our vision and competence. Our goal is to be one of the world’s leading technology companies in the field of Additive Manufacturing.”