L-R: Sean Peel (Design & Research Engineer - PDR), Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM, Gavin Cawood (Director - PDR), Emily Bilbie (Surgical & Prosthetic Design Technician - PDR)
We were very pleased this week to welcome the Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to PDR along with his guest, Jeremy Cliffe - journalist at The Economist. The visit was at the First Minister’s request to see the work of the CARTIS team first-hand - who have recently made headlines around the world following pioneering work using 3D printing and computer planning in reconstructive surgery.
Also present to welcome the visitors were Adrian Sugar and Peter Evans of Morriston hospital in Swansea who, in addition to collaborating on the design and performing the surgery for this recent case, have worked in close partnership with the team at PDR for over sixteen years. This partnership was formalised in 2006 by the establishment of CARTIS. In addition to the focus on this recent case, the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team at PDR use advanced manufacturing technologies to produce hundreds of custom medical devices and models for use in surgery in UK hospitals each year - and continue to push the frontiers in this field to reduce costs and improve treatment outcomes.
L-R: Gavin Cawood (Director - PDR), Peter Evans (Maxillofacial Lab Manager - Morriston Hospital), Sean Peel (Design & Research Engineer - PDR), Professor Antony Chapman (Vice Chancellor - Cardiff Metropolitan University), Dr Dominic Eggbeer (Sugical & Prosthetic Design Unit Manager - PDR), Adrian Sugar (Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon - Morriston Hospital / CARTIS Chair), Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM