For the launch of the fourth annual EDF Pulse Awards, we interviewed previous winners in the Start-up Box.
The concept: the winners answered our questions about their vision for innovation and recorded some words of encouragement for future applicants in the video booth built by the fab lab Draft
Interview with Biomodex co-founder Thomas Marchand, whose work was recognised at the 2016 EDF Pulse Awards.
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Thomas Marchand co-founded the startup Biomodex, whose innovation helps surgeons train before they operate. Training surgeons raises issues of ethics and patient safety.
Rather than training on real patients and running the risk of possible mistakes (medical errors are the number three cause of death, after cardiovascular diseases and cancer), Biomodex has developed a system of 3D-printed models that mimic the biomechanical properties of the human body, particularly the vital organs. Hard and soft tissues are printed onto the same model, made using a scan or MRI image, resulting in a highly accurate reproduction of the human body. These models can be used during the initial phase of surgical training, as well as for specific cases so that the surgeon can practise on a custom-made model of a patient who is scheduled to go under the knife.