KneeKG : A Canadian example of participative innovation in orthopaedic functional evaluation
Prof Jacques A DE GUISEa
a Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal et École de technologie supérieure
Members of the Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory (LIO) of ETS and CRCHUM participate in an innovation ecosystem for the accelerated translation of research to clinical and industrial partners. This ecosystem is in fact a real living laboratory that tries to join, as soon as the early beginning of a project, the academic, clinical and industrial partners. For example, this participatory approach has enabled the development and transfer to an industrial partner of a new 3D functional assessment technology of the knee, the KneeKG. From a need expressed by clinicians who wished to improve their ligament surgery and to better understand the 3D motion of the knee and its impact on transplant survival, a new technology has been developed (1). Faced with the potential represented by the possibility of obtaining a valid and precise functional assessment of the knee usable in clinic, the technology (2) was transferred to an industrial partner for commercialization. New questions have arisen at the time of marketing and new research has been initiated, in particular to help users to better understand and interpret complex data generated by the technology (3). The researchers and their clinical and industrial partners have then been asked to enter a new cycle of continuous improvement of the technology. This cycle allows answering to new problems that were not identified at the time of the genesis of the project. Thus, through the living laboratory model, the continuing involvement of the partners, and Canadian public-private funding programs, it is possible to achieve the mission of innovation and the successful transfer of technology from the laboratory to the bedside.
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Keywords : Living laboratory, innovation, public-private funding, technology transfer, continuous improvement