The Smart Implants group focuses on developing novel and minimal-invasive implant and device technologies. In this respect the group developed and patented an innovative minimal-invasive modular implant system. In contrast to existing bulky craniofacial implants this new technology will allow new minimal-invasive surgical approaches with less soft tissue trauma. The implant/osteosynthesis system consists of a plurality of customized implants that can be easily connected to each other, forming a pre-planned and customized implant or bone plate arrangement. The design and shape of the customized implant or bone plate arrangement is individually defined by 3D software planning based on preoperative imaging.
To refine and improve the novel implant system the Smart Implants Group also developed and patented several associated technologies like smart cutting devices, connection technologies, surface modifications and navigation tools for an advanced and simple implant placement. All these technologies are currently in the development phase together will multiple national and international academic and industrial partners. With them the Smart Implants Group formed a strong collaboration via different third party funding strategies.