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MCLINIC becomes partner in DigiNam project

MCLINIC becomes partner in DigiNam project

MCLINIC has been a project partner in the DigiNAM funded project since mid-2021, which involves the cooperative development of an innovative software-as-a-service system for the decentralized treatment of cleft lip and palate using nasoalveolar molding (NAM).

The aim of the project, which is funded by third parties, is to decisively reduce the effort and the burden (including treatment costs) for patients and practitioners in the currently very time-consuming NAM treatment process by developing and implementing digital design and manufacturing technologies.

This is to be made possible by digital technologies or the web-based user platform enabling efficient, decentralized use of centrally administered hardware and software units, so that the digitized NAM procedure developed in the project can largely be carried out in outpatient facilities.

In addition to the development of a fully closed, SaaS-based process chain and the production of a patient-specific NAM plate series that takes growth into account, the project also includes a clinical application and evaluation on patients as well as a trial of the digital process chain.

The MCLINIC in person of PD Dr. Dr. Denys J. Loeffelbein is – besides the Technical University of Munich and Dentavenir – one of three project partners. (More information on research activities at MCLINIC)Specifically, we and our collaborative partners will deliver a longitudinal study over the project period (June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2023). For this purpose, in addition to clinical parameters that allow conclusions to be drawn about the applicability of the digitized treatment method, 3-D photogrammetry data is also collected at each examination appointment, which can then be statistically evaluated. With our involvement in the DigiNAM project, we want to continue to consolidate and expand our positioning as a specialist and expertise in the treatment of malformations using digitized treatment pathways.

The DigiNam consortium is being funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Rural Development and Energy as part of the “Lifescience Medizintechnik“ funding initiative with a total funding amount of approx. 650,000.00 EUR.

funding line “Lifescience Medizintechnik“

The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (StMWi) supports research and development projects in the field of medical technology. Funding is available for industry-led pre-competitive collaborative projects that focus on innovative developments in the field of medical technology, i.e. collaborative projects for researching and developing new or improved products and/or processes. The funding is intended to enable research and development (R&D) work in the field of life science – medical technology and to accelerate the translation of research results into new products and/or processes. The alliances should have the potential to bring what has been researched into circulation.

Projects can be considered that

  • go beyond the state of the art.
  • are characterized by a high level of innovation.
  • are associated with a significant technical and economic risk.
  • be carried out in its main parts in Bavaria.


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