Member Case Study | TOKA: Transforming surgical procedures through tech
Hailed as a game changer in orthopaedic surgery, the TOKA® HTO surgical solution is about to transform the lives of young, active sufferers of knee osteoarthritis. Using digital imaging modelling, additive manufacturing technologies and supported by a comprehensive training package, surgeons will be able to train, plan and perform patient-specific High Tibial Osteotomy surgery (HTO) to achieve precise intervention and optimum knee alignment with a patient-specific prosthesis to deliver superior comfort, strength and fast recovery.
TOKA® is a collaborative project led by Alberto Casonato of 3D Metal Printing (residential member at the SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre), Professor Richie Gill and researcher Alisdair McLeod from the Centre of Orthopaedic Biomechanics (University of Bath), and consultant orthopaedic surgeons Andrew Toms and Vipul Mandalia from Exeter’s Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre.
With the help of the SETsquared Business Acceleration Programme, through SETsquared Bath the project has so far secured nearly £1 million from investment partners and a public grant to run the UK first insilico trial to evaluate the ground-breaking technique without a single patient intervention. Results will be published soon and the first TOKA personalised HTO in-man clinical trials will start in the NHS and Europe by the end of the year. SETsquared’s support throughout was fundamental for the project to secure funding and reach an international audience.