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Founded by Mo­hamed Elawad, Meda­tiv is a 3D print­ing med­i­cal so­lu­tions startup that was launched late 2015. Op­er­at­ing out of Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts and Dubai, Meda­tiv aims to im­prove pa­tient out­comes and safety while re­duc­ing costs.

Meda­tiv cre­ate pros­thet­ics as well as repli­cas of pa­tients’ anatomy – also known as anatom­i­cal mod­el­ing. Us­ing med­i­cal imag­ing tech­nol­ogy such as CTES and MRIS, they con­vert scans of the anatomy or spe­cific or­gans into 3D mod­els on a com­puter, which are then printed. The 3D printed repli­cas are used for a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions from de­ter­min­ing op­ti­mal sur­gi­cal en­try points and tra­jec­to­ries, to choos­ing sur­gi­cal screw size and place­ment. Pa­tient-spe­cific 3D mod­els in par­tic­u­lar in­crease ef­fi­ciency and ac­cu­racy in the op­er­at­ing room, help physi­cians of­fer more per­son­al­ized care, and re­duce op­er­at­ing time, blood loss, and ex­po­sure to ra­di­a­tion. The mod­els also give pa­tients them­selves a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their con­di­tion and the pro­posed pro­ce­dures.

In Septem­ber, Meda­tiv were ac­cepted to par­tic­i­pate in Dubai Fu­ture Ac­cel­er­a­tors’ 12-week pro­gram, where they were given the op­por­tu­nity to work di­rectly with Dubai’s Health Author­ity and gained lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­bil­ity and the chance to meet with strate­gic lead­ers and in­vestors. Meda­tiv went on to sign an agree­ment with the Dubai Health Author­ity to help im­ple­ment their 3D print­ing strat­egy, and aim to set up a 3D print­ing fa­cil­ity to serve the needs of Dubai and the greater re­gion. Mov­ing for­ward, they plan to de­liver new so­lu­tions to the re­gion, grow their staff, and ex­pand to other mar­kets out­side the UAE and into the wider GCC.

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