PrinterPrezz, Inc., Fremont, California, USA, which specialises in both polymer and metal Additive Manufacturing, nanotechnologies, and the design and manufacture of next-generation medical devices, has signed a memorandum of understanding with three Singapore-based healthcare cluster groups to explore collaboration opportunities for the development and adoption of additively manufactured medical implants in the country.
Working with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), PrinterPrezz entered into an agreement with three national healthcare cluster groups: Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), National Healthcare Group (NHG), and National University Health System (NUHS).
Under the terms of the agreement, the parties will explore areas of collaboration in the design and development of AM implantable products; R&D in musculoskeletal areas and orthopaedics, and venture creation models in new emerging areas; and exploration of additive and advanced manufacturing processes and technologies in emerging industry sectors.
PrinterPrezz is accelerating its global expansion into the Asia-Pacific region by establishing a design and innovation team in Singapore. The company reported that it will receive strong support from the Singapore government and industry, which have placed a strong emphasis on investing in advanced manufacturing technologies and capabilities to progress industry growth.
Shri Shetty, founder and CEO of PrinterPrezz, stated, “We have had a collaborative relationship with NAMIC since 2019 and are now in a position to expand our innovation activities and outreach to the clinical community by establishing a strong presence on the ground in Singapore. This will allow us to grow in the region from a solid base of support from the Singapore government, who understand the importance of advanced manufacturing technology and its impact on medical science.”
“With increased life expectancy, new treatment modalities will need to emerge to meet unique patient needs,” added Ho Chaw Sing, co-founder and CEO of NAMIC. “We are pleased that PrinterPrezz has chosen Singapore and excited about what this expanded collaboration will bring – a close working relationship with our clinicians to realize the best ideas from napkin sketch to regulatory approval, positioning Singapore as a market leader in cost-effective patient-specific medical devices in Asia.”
Read more about PrinterPrezz in our article ‘Transforming access to medial implants: How PrinterPrezz and Additive Manufacturing will improve global healthcare’ featured in the Summer 2022 issue of Metal AM.