Five years ago, Ricardo Veiga broke his tibia in a motorcycle accident. While he was experiencing the drawbacks of the ubiquitous plaster cast, he decided there just had to be a way of improving and personalizing the methods used to keep broken limbs immobile while they healed.
During research conducted with Jordi Tura, Veiga came across a paper from a New Zealand student who had designed a mesh structure that overcame many of the drawbacks of conventional orthopedic casts.
Using that concept, they decided to create a prototype and a company to market the eventual product, which they christened Xkelet, a 3D-printed splint for helping heal broken bones.
Tura is now the company’s CEO. He says the product, which has received certification from the EU and approval from the European Medicines Agency, promotes the healing process without causing allergic reactions or other unexpected complications.
It also avoids muscle loss, peeling, and itching, and allows the patient to bathe and wear ordinary clothes without any issues. Xkelet is scheduled to go to market in early 2017.