Open Biomedical

Initiative

Under Construction

Nonprofit Organization for LOW COST, OPEN SOURCE,
3D PRINTABLE Biomedical Technologies

About Us

Who we are

The Open Biomedical Initiative is a newly established nonprofit organization with the purpose of creating and promoting Low-Cost, Open Source, 3D Printable Biomedical Technologies. It was founded by Bruno Lenzi (electronics/biomedical engineer, Founder) and Cristian Padovano (biotechnologist, Co-Founder).

Our team is composed of engineers, doctors, biologists, makers, enthusiasts, curious people. We are never enough, however, and anyone can be the strength for this new project. We are constantly looking for enthusiastic people willing to contribute, regardless of education, occupation, place of residence, personal interests. Anyone is able to make a difference.

We are focusing on the creation of a digital infrastructure which allows people who are geographically distant to collaborate, propose ideas, form teams for multiple projects and contribute to the spread of this initiative. We also would like to see this platform serve as a hub for other pre-existing open biomedical groups to facilitate cooperation on the achievement of common goals.

If you need more detailed information on how we are doing this click here and if you want contribute or simply want to send us feedback click here.

Why we do it

Internet, 3D Printing, Information Diffusion: these are new terms which have already shown their incredible potential. The most important aspect, perhaps, is giving people the possibility to realize greater things.

Based on this, we want to make certain that anyone who uses these Biomedical Technologies can also participate in their realization. Also, we would like these Biomedical Technologies to be safe, economically affordable and to be accessed instantly by everyone regardless of geographic location or social class.

If a single person is able to think that this could be possible, then imagine how all of us can make it a reality.



Partners

Where you can find us

We recently launched our Facebook page where you can read news collected by us and by other groups who share similar goals (please put a “thumb up” to like our Facebook page as this is extremely important to increase our exposure). In the near future we aim to open a discussion group and to do the same thing on Google + and YouTube.

Ways

90%

Low Cost

90%

Open Source

90%

3D Printing

90%

Collaborations

90%

Organization

100%

You

Ways in Detail

Low Cost

People Hospitals Medical Centres Humanitarian Communities
In the world there are more than 30 million people who need prostheses and about 80% of these people cannot afford them; more than 30 thousand hospitals, medical centres and humanitarian communities are in need of Biomedical Technologies (hardware and software) but 60% of them are using makeshift equipment; more than a billion poor people in developing countries and 100 million in industrialized countries could not afford basic biomedical devices.
A prosthesis, a microscope, an electrocardiograph or even a hospital managed software can cost tens of thousands of dollars and these are extremely accurate, reliable and technologically advanced.
Our goal is not to compete with these ones. Rather, we want to allow people, hospitals, medical centres and humanitarian communities, in both developed and developing countries, to be able to use Biomedical Technologies (hardware and software) that although they are technologically inferior they are equally safe and a choice when other options are not available. Eventually these cheap Biomedical Technologies can also be the first choice for those who prefer them.

Open Source

People Hospitals Medical Centres Humanitarian Communities Companies
All our projects share in every aspects the Open Source philosophy. These projects will be fully accessible in the main documentation as well as in the hardware and software components.
The Open Source approach will provide a detailed information on how these Biomedical Technologies are made and improve their security as well as the one of some other Biomedical Technologies that already present on market.

3D Printing

People Hospitals Medical Centres Humanitarian Communities
3D Printers have been around for decades allowing the realization of functioning three-dimensional objects. In recent years, however, 3D Printers are no longer just the prerogative of companies and workshops but also for households. In fact anyone can inexpensively buy them or build them.
Many of our projects will leverage this technology so that our devices will become available in places that are sometimes difficult to access, thus eliminating any geographic limits. And also as explained previously, Biomedical Technologies users will also able to create the devices they need as well as personalizing them.
It will be sufficient to download vector images with relative documentation and when present the software. People, hospitals, medical centres and humanitarian communities in every part of the world will have the chance to make what they need with a high degree of customization.

Collaborations

There are many other groups and individuals around the world that we really value because they share many of our points of view.
These individuals have achieved impressive milestones with their work thus their accomplishments encourage us even more to think that we can really succeed in our ambitious initiative by working together. We would to work with these groups and individuals and offer them a platform for a collective work. Furthermore, we would like to join them so we can achieve more than what we would do alone.
We would also like to collaborate, teach and provide support to the various communities who are interested in spreading our new approach: Biomedical Technologies accessible to all. We also would like to collaborate with those organizations that deal with specific aspects of medical technologies so that they could assist us with their technical knowledge.

Organization

At first, we were only two people (an engineer and a biotechnologist). We had to discuss mainly which setting to give this initiative and figure out what could be the best project to start with. We used simple e-mail, Gmail drive accounts and Facebook to both communicate and store various files.
After a little more than two weeks the number of members had tripled and eventually within a month we grew even more. We started working on our first project and then we suddenly realized that this course of action was not the most efficient for a number of reasons: we are geographically distant, we work different hours of the day and job coordination was difficult so approaching our ideas became practically impossible.
Therefore, besides working on our first project, we came up with the idea of establishing this platform which makes life easier for many: it allows people who are far away to collaborate and to realize projects, it facilitates the management of projects and it gives the possibility for volunteers to be a reference for those who are in their vicinity. In other words this platform unites people. This aspect will be constantly evolving because we believe that robust organization should be behind such a varied initiative. This robust organization will keep projects on track and it will not make us lose focus on what we are doing.

You

We need YOU, those are reading this page. We want this project to be done by everyone, for everyone. Any help is precious and no matter what your job, your social position, your cultural background or your place of residence: each person can do good in countless ways.
Whether you want to join our project or start a new one, whether you want to ask other people to make a device for your needs or if you want to be a reference (for example, by providing your own 3D printer or your knowledge to those close to you), whether you want to help spread this initiative, whether you want to propose changes to some aspects and suggest a way forward or you would just like to tell us your opinion, just DO IT. We want everyone to be heroes!

Projects

First Hand (provisory name)

Type: upper limb prosthetics

First Hand is our first project. The name was chosen for this specific reason but also because our goal is to create a prosthetic operating at a very low cost and with full support for its implementation.
The first updates on the project will appear soon as well as the presentation of new ones. If you would like to participate or propose other projects please contact us by clicking here or here.

Join Us




A great idea is never enough to change the world.
We need people with dreams and willing to get involved.