ITRI showcased tech innovations in intelligent medical technologies and green tech for a circular economy at the physical exhibition of BIO Asia-Taiwan 2021 in Taipei in early November. The event featured more than 650 biomedical and healthcare companies from 13 countries and over 1,600 booths, making it the largest onsite biotechnology exhibition held since the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Dr. Hsin-Hsin Shen, Deputy General Director of ITRI’s Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories, ITRI is dedicated to enhancing Quality Health, one of three major domains featured in ITRI’s 2030 Technology Strategy and Roadmap. “The institute is trying to leverage Taiwan’s strengths in ICT and medical care systems to develop smart medical and healthcare technologies for the industry,” she said. “In this year’s BIO Asia-Taiwan, we are focusing on intelligent and green technologies and demonstrating how these innovations can be applied in biomedical fields, machinery areas, botanical medicine and circular economies.”
Below are some of ITRI’s highlights at BIO Asia-Taiwan 2021.
Spinal Surgical Navigation-Robotic Arm
The spinal surgical navigation-robotic arm system includes a medical robotic arm driven by a medical navigation system. The system can shorten required preparation time and achieve precise surgical accuracy, allowing for personalized medicine according to each patient’s situation.
Ultrasound-Guided iRFA System
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an interventional therapy that has been emerging in cardiac catheterization and in treatment of solid tumors, allowing lesions to be approached and treated non-surgically.
Automatic Cell Production System
ITRI’s automatic cell production system includes cell culture, cell image detection, cell medium exchange, cell subculture, and harvesting. This system requires only 60% to 70% of the manpower to create more than 10 times the production of a conventional lab.
Circular Economy of Calcium
ITRI has established an environmentally friendly process to extract calcium from ocean, livestock, or industrial waste such as clam shells, oyster shells, and animal bones. The purified and extracted calcium substances can be modified by chemical reactions, providing products to different target markets including food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and fine chemicals industries.
Botanical Formula ANDE1
ITRI has developed the botanical healthcare formula ANDE1, combining a medicinal Dendrobium species and other botanical substances to relieve eye dryness through an increase in tear fluid production, reduction of tear loss, and inflammation inhibition.