The thumb base joint is fundamental for human dexterity and functional activity but is prone to debilitating arthritis. Approximately 5% of the world population suffers from this condition with over 25 million Europeans affected. Simple tasks become impossible such as getting dressed, opening a jar, using a key to open a door. This is certainly a relevant socioeconomic and humanitarian concern, which causes a substantial cost burden on healthcare systems, yet the effective treatment for end-stage thumb base arthritis lags far behind other joints, given challenges of the small, complex anatomy. The InDx project aims to enable the commercialization of the InDx implant, the world’s first implant designed to accommodate the complex biomechanics of the thumb base joint and restore the natural movement of the thumb. The consortium is led by Loci Orthopaedics, a technology-driven SME spin-out company from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
01 July 2019 – 30 June 2021
EU – Horizon 2020