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15 November 2021, 07:11

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Innovative devices help in carrying out water therapy for lesions of the musculoskeletal system, and also make it possible to accelerate the healing of the damaged skin surface several times.

In Moscow, conditions are being created for the development of high-tech companies, the development and production of the latest solutions in the field of healthcare, biotechnology, instrumentation, robotics and other areas. Many are located in technoparks, which have laboratories with the latest equipment, “clean rooms”, testing and certification centers and more. Now, more than two thousand of these companies operate at their sites. Representatives of two enterprises, which are residents of the Strogino and Slava technoparks, spoke about their innovative projects.

Devices for rehabilitation in water

Prosthetic and orthopedic small enterprise “Ortez” is a resident of the technopark “Slava” since 2010. The company has a lot of innovative developments. Among them are unique orthopedic devices – orthoses for the ankle and wrist joints for hydrorehabilitation (exercise in water). They are intended for patients with paralysis, paresis and various pathologies that are accompanied by impaired musculoskeletal functions, including cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. The devices are also effective in recovering from cerebral stroke, spinal injuries, polio and other diseases.

 

Orthoses for hydrorehabilitation are made according to individual measurements. They tightly fit the limbs and fix them in the desired position, contributing to the correct performance of the exercises. Such rehabilitation is much more effective than training on land: training in the pool is less traumatic, the body relaxes in warm water, and movements become smoother.

The development has no analogues in the world. Its effectiveness was proved by studies conducted in medical institutions with the participation of 19 children with spastic diplegia (one of the forms of cerebral palsy) and monoparesis (weakening of one limb). The children showed a decrease in muscle tone, an improvement in the functions of balance, standing and walking, as well as increased motivation to improve movements during classes.

“We are pleased with the support of the city and the Slava Technopark and we hope that our innovative projects (and we have a great backlog) will receive grants and subsidies, given their acute social orientation, innovation and import substitution,” said Vladimir Novikov.

Devices for vacuum wound treatment

The resident of the Strogino Technopark, VitMedical, has developed devices for vacuum and vacuum instillation (vacuum washing) therapy, which are an alternative to traditional dressings and are several times superior in efficiency.

 

The devices accelerate the healing process of open wounds, reducing the possibility of re-infection.

By maintaining a moist environment in the wound, reducing local tissue edema and enhancing local blood circulation, the healing process occurs two to three times faster than when using traditional dressings and bandages.

“The vacuum itself is already a good solution, and if you add the option of supplying the healing solution to the wound under the dressing, new possibilities open up. For example, there are solutions that have amazing characteristics, but they require a dressing change every 30 minutes due to the acidity of the wound. It’s just not possible to change the bandage as often. And our development allows you to do this in an automatic closed-loop mode without significant time expenditures for the doctor, not to mention the costs associated with changing the dressing. Our company is the only one that produces devices for vacuum instillation therapy in Russia, as well as the only one in Europe. Moreover, our devices are at least 30 percent cheaper than foreign ones, ”said Pavel Fedorov.

According to him, over 100 doctors participated in the development. Pilot tests of the devices were carried out in more than 10 medical institutions. Including in the city clinical hospital No. 67 named after L.А. Vorokhobov, at the Scientific Research Institute of Emergency Pediatric Surgery and Traumatology, at the city clinical hospital named after S.P. Botkin and others.

In addition to the opportunity to test its products in real conditions, the status of a resident of the technopark allowed the company to set up the production of its devices at the specialized site “Mosmedpark” (under the management of the technopark “Strogino”).

“We have presented our products at international exhibitions under the Made in Moscow program many times, found foreign customers, but the process has stopped because of the pandemic. We also participated in the program for subsidizing engineering costs, which is a great support for us. And, of course, we got the opportunity even at the design stage of the device to communicate with specialists who will potentially work on the equipment and take into account their wishes, ”said Pavel Fedorov.

The company’s further plans include the development of the project and the release of new developments related to neural networks, augmented reality technology and a system for remote monitoring of the patient’s condition.

About technoparks

Today, there are 45 technoparks in Moscow: eight are of office type, 31 are industrial and laboratory ones, and six more are engaged in attracting residents. Over the past year, the number of high-tech companies operating at these sites has increased by 102 enterprises. The share of vacant space in technoparks is currently only 1.3 percent. Thanks to their resident status, companies can count on financial support from the city in the form of tax breaks, subsidies and grants. They can also test their developments at government and commercial sites.

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