Measuring the depth of bone in surgical treatment of wrist fractures can be inaccurate and inconvenient, leading to injuries or device failure from screws that are the wrong length. Gauge-IT are working to create a more accurate, rapid and convenient depth gauge to precisely measure bone depth and thickness, thereby improving surgeons’ confidence and patients’ outcomes.
What drew you to the problem you are working to solve in Biodesign?
Our decision was based on the attractive need in the medical field and the belief in our capability to implement incremental changes to solve the problem, and was influenced by the fact that we have a relatively larger network in the orthopaedic field.
What have you learned/gained from the Biodesign process?
More confidence in navigating the complicated world of Medtech. We also learned that the need-based approach should definitely be more efficient than a solution-focused approach.
What are the next steps for the team/team members after the course?
If we have further funding opportunities to validate our prototype concepts, we can potentially continue our GaugeIT journey.
What do you want to be doing 10 years from now?
Stay active in the medical field and up-to-date with cutting edge medical technologies.
What would be your advice to someone considering taking the course in 2019?
Be ready reach out and talk to a lot of people.
Expressions of Interest for the 2019 Perth Biodesign course are now open. Use the contact form at the bottom of the Perth Biodesign page to receive an application form early next year!
Team members Samuel Ognenis, Alexander Tan, Andrew Currie, Nynne Toft Rasmussen and Marisa Duong.
Alumni mentor: Dave Parsons
Business mentor: Ian Brown
Nynne Toft Rasmussen
Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Nynne moved to Perth in 2017 to pursue her career as a management consultant with Ernst and Young (EY). Nynne holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business, and brings critical thinking and problem solving skills to the team to develop commercially feasible ideas.
Andrew is a senior lecturer in immunology at Murdoch University and leads a research group studying preterm infant immunity and infections. He completed an Honours degree in Biotechnology at Murdoch University and his PhD at UWA. He currently leads the Neonatal Immunology Research Group in partnership with Neonatology Consultant, Dr Tobias Strunk.
Alex completed a UWA Biomedical Sciences double degree and is currently completing his Masters of Professional Engineering (MPE) in the Electrical and Electronic specialisation at the University of Western Australia. Alex was inspired to join the Biodesign program as a chance to challenge and educate himself and positively contribute to society.
Marisa came to Australia in October 2008 and studied high school here. She pursued the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at UWA, was offered a PhD Forrest scholarship and is now a 3rd year PhD candidate, collaborating with Proteomics International at the Perkins Institute, working to understanding oxidative stress in chronic diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Sam is a junior doctor at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Master of Public Health student at UNSW. He commenced medicine with a passion to improve WA's health system, and is currently training towards a career in General Practice and public health.