AO Research Institute Davos strengthens its partnerships in Malaysia
08 June 2018
In the framework of the AO AO Strategy Fund Project Generic Asian Pelvic Bone Model, Prof Dr Boyko Gueorguiev, Program Leader Biomedical Development at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), visited three sites in Malaysia on 7-9 May 2018: the SYNBONE Asia Pacific subsidiary in Johor (SYNBONE SDN BHD), the University of Malaya, and the University of Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The organizations are international collaboration partners with AO Research Institute Davos in the development and production of the first evidence-based anatomical model of the Asian pelvic bone for surgical training, education, and implant development.
The visit to SYNBONE's subsidiary started with an introductory presentation by the Managing Director Malaysia Andreas Benyuska and the Human Resources & Services Manager Malaysia Koh Hong Gim.
During a tour of the facility, Production Supervisor Erwin Joshua gave a detailed overview and demonstration of the processes used in producing the medical polyurethane models. SYNBONE SDN BHD applies multi-mold technologies and efficient machines in its work with low- and high-pressure injectable materials.
Following on from this, further information exchange and discussions were held on the AO Strategy Fund project advancement and other innovative avenues for collaboration.
With its state-of-the-art production facility in the newly built industrial park in Johor, in the year of its 30th anniversary, SYNBONE is expanding its activities by enhancing the development and production of models for surgical training and education with 65 employees located in the Asia Pacific area, and views this as a key development vector.
B Gueorguiev and University of Malaya Medical Centre ICU team
The visit to the University of Malaya and the University of Malaya Medical Centre was followed by participation in the 48th Malaysian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, 10-12 May, in Penang.
Gueorguiev was warmly welcomed by Prof Dr Tunku Kamarul Zaman, Director of the University of Malaya Medical Centre and orthopedic surgeon, Prof Dr Saw Aik, Director of Silent Mentor Program and orthopedic surgeon, and Dr Rukmanikanthan Shanmugam, a recent AO Medical Research Fellow in Davos (CH), and current Senior Lecturer and orthopedic surgeon at the University of Malaya. They provided a tour of the University and its Medical Centre, highlighting the Silent Mentor Program for body donation for medical education, research and training.
ARI then held further discussions with its partners University of Malaya Medical Centre and the University of Malaya on the current status of the AO AO Strategy Fund Project. These discussions included the procedure for processing, evaluating, and implementing clinical CT data to enable modelling of the Asian pelvic bone, comprising the three major ethnic groups – Indian, Chinese, and Malay descent.
The parties committed to further fostering AO Research Institute Davos research fellowships for surgeons from the University of Malaya whilst continuing to deliver outstanding collaborative research.
L-R: Dr Sureshan Sivananthan, Dr Howe Tet Sen, Prof Dr Lee Eng Hin, Prof Dr Tunku Kamarul Zaman, Dr Rukmanikanthan Shanmugam, and Prof Dr Boyko Gueorguiev during the Orthopaedic Research Session, at the 48th Malaysian Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting