The associated with surgical drills cause costs amounting to more than EUR 4 billion every year and, in the worst cases, can lead to the patient's death, estimated. Researchers at the Department of Neurosurgery at (The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa) HUS had an idea for a new type of surgical drill bit. The mechanism of this drill bit is to protect the soft tissue and to be installed in existing surgical drill systems.

Sippola Visa, who worked as a researcher at the Department of Neurosurgery at HUS, had an idea for a new type of drill bit . He says, tool is well designed in its simplicity and it is an incredible innovation that will facilitate surgical procedures and reduces risks related to them.

The team and Tekes idea of ??safer bone surgery convinced of the surgeons, which granted funding aimed at the commercialization of the idea. Sippola was selected as one of the 35 most promising young innovators in Europe.

Sippola Visa mentioned, "This is a big recognition for the entire team! We want to make surgery for patients across the world. At the moment, we are in the product development stage, and our aim is to make the product available to Finnish patients approximately in 2019. Our plan is to then expand to Europe and to the rest of the world. "

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Petri Kuosmanen, Professor of Machine Design at Aalto University called by Sippola, who partnered him with Shahab Haer, an engineering student, and Juho Carpen, who was studying Industrial Engineering and Management.

The Surgify team has an ambitious timetable for the commercialization of their product as only 100 per cent reliability is good enough in the development of medical technology. Especially with older patients, the sub-cranial tissue has often adhered to the skull, whereas this drill bit effectively helps but gently separates the bone and the soft tissue beneath the bone at the drilling site. This innovation is patented by surgify.

Sippola said, "Nevertheless, less invasive bone surgery is a major opportunity: it can reduce human suffering as well as generate considerable time and cost savings." According to Juha Hernesniemi, "this is a real breakthrough."