UK-based medical 3D printing expert 3D LifePrints recently entered into a long-term agreement with the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Under the newly signed collaboration, 3D LifePrints will continue to supply the hospital with specialized 3D printing services, including the printing of medical models.
I say continue because 3D LifePrints has already been working closely with the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. In fact, the medical AM firm is even a founding member of the hospital’s Innovation Hub and has played a vital role in the hospital’s 3D printing facility since 2015.
In the first years of their collaboration, 3D LifePrints says it was primarily supported by the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, though in more recent years, the company’s medical 3D printing work has gained more prominence. In January 2018, for instance, 3D LifePrints announced it had raised £500,000 through a Series A investment round led by Fenwall Investments Ltd. to expand its 3D modeling services within the NHS system.
Under the new contract with the Liverpool hospital, 3D LifePrints aims to offer not only its expertise in all 3D printing matters, but it will also leverage state-of-the-art 3D printing technologies to provide the best services possible to patients.
“The Innovation Hub was where 3D LifePrints first set up in the UK, and we are delighted to have agreed to extend our partnership for years to come,” commented Henry Pinchbeck, CEO of 3D LifePrints. “The close relationship helps us understand the clinicians’ aims and problems and our physical proximity to the Hospital ensures that our bespoke devices can be delivered as quickly as possible”
Presently, 3D LifePrints holds the title of being the UK’s biggest medical 3D printing specialist. In terms of its services, it provides 3D printed and patient-specific models and medical devices. All 3D printed models are based off an individual patient’s scan data and provide medical professionals with accurate insight. Whether it’s preparing for a surgery or utilizing a visual aid to educate a patient, 3D printed models are becoming an increasingly sought after resource in hospitals.
At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, 3D LifePrints operates out of the 1000 square meter Innovation Hub, where it works in partnership with clinicians, patients and other industry players to advance healthcare technologies and devices.
“I am really proud of this milestone in our ongoing partnership,” added Iain Hennessey, Clinical Director and paediatric surgeon at Alder Hey. “Incubating a start-up company in a hospital, to the point where they have series A funding, a multi-year contract with the NHS and diffusion to other medical centres around the country is an enormous vindication of what the Innovation hub was set up for. I couldn’t be more pleased to see 3DLP help integrate this emerging technology into clinical practice.”