- Many people in India have no access to the fragile health care that is present
- Design agency D’Andrea & Evers from Enter in Twente designed a medical device that can save many Indian heart patients
D’Andrea & Evers, design agency from Enter in the municipality of Wierden in Twente, has contributed to better healthcare through their top design. They worked over 1,5 years to design a medical device that makescardiovascular surgeries possible for more people. This so-called "Cath Lab" has the same image capabilities as comparable modern machines, but is 2 to 4 times cheaper. “As a result, more hospitals can purchase the equipment. Therefore, many more cardiovascular operations can be performed, saving lives," says Tom Evers, co-owner of the design agency from Twente.
Vikram Mordani is the initiator of Innvolution Image Technologies in Bangelore, India. He was working on the development of new technology for cardiovascular operations and needed an industrial design agency that could give the cheaper version of his medical device a high-quality appearance. “Usually, the technology easily costs half a million. By choosing a slightly stripped-down machine in functionality, he can deliver it for around one and a half tons. The challenge was that this device was not allowed to look cheaper, so that is why we paid much attention to the design”.
In addition to D’Andrea & Evers, Parthian Technology from Twente is also participating in the project as a supplier of materials. Based at the High Tech Systems Park, Parthian Technology specialises in fibres and reinforced plastic. They supply the advanced composite material for the treatment table of this medical device. “Made from carbon fibre, because of the permeability of radioactive radiation,” says Evert-Jan Temmink, partner of Parthian Technology.
Currently, the device is only for sale in India. The intention is to make the Cath Lab also available in other countries.
D’Andrea & Evers Design is an experienced industrial design agency, specialised in medical technologies. They develop medical aids for diagnosis, care and self-care in the field of life science and health. Examples are an operating system for eye surgery, a hand scanner for rheumatoid arthritis, pendulum arms in operating rooms and the Cath Lab. Aesthetic design, functionality and usability are key points in their expertise in the field of medical products.
Parthian Technology develops new technologies in the field of polymers and composites in Twente. They strive to create value for society and organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals in various markets.