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As reported in The Journal of New England Technology and MIT Tech Review ... medical device firm ConforMIS Inc. has raised $50 million from private equity and sovereign wealth funds in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East...

... ConforMIS is taking a customized approach to knee replacement surgery, creating knee implants on demand that exactly match a patient's anatomy by bringing the technology of rapid prototyping, which converts a three-dimensional computer design into a physical object, into the field of orthopedics. The company believes that such custom-made implants can make knee replacement surgery faster, more accurate, and less traumatic to the patient...

... Typically, a surgeon chooses an artificial joint from several options of different sizes. ConforMIS, however, creates a custom implant based on imaging data of a patient's knee joint, a technology that the company calls iFit. ConforMIS transforms images from CT or MRI scans into a three-dimensional computer model using computer-aided design (CAD) software, which serves as a template for manufacturing the implant...

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