Nina Tandon – Founder of EpiBone

Today in tech for good we introduce EpiBone. The company that grows bones from your own cells.

Founded by Nina Tandon, EpiBone is a revolutionary bone reconstruction company that allows patients to “grow their own bone”. The pioneering technology utilises a scan of the patient’s bone defect and the patient’s own stem cells to construct and cultivate a defect-specific autologous-like bone graft.

EpiBone is strategically positioned to provide a superior bone graft that provides exact defect repair, a simplified surgical procedure, improved bone formation and regeneration, and shorter recovery times. All this without the complications of foreign body implantation, to the over 900,000 patients who undergo bone-related surgeries each year.

At the heart of EpiBone is a bioreactor platform technology for engineering custom-designed autologous bone grafts. Using data from CT scans, EpiBone can fabricate anatomically-shaped scaffolds, seeded with stem cells derived from the patient’s own tissue. It then places them in a proprietary bioreactor system for pre-conditioning and maturation of the bone.

This platform is the product of 20 years of fundamental research and experience with tissue engineering in the orthopaedic field. Bioreactor cultivation of human stem cells in an osteogenic scaffold has been shown to support cell survival, differentiation, maturation and deposition of bone matrix. This happens while restricting the development of unwanted lineages and facilitating a continued remodelling and vascularization following transplantation.

EpiBone is currently for people who are suffering from congenital facial defects or trauma to the bones of the head and face. EpiBone can potentially provide patient-specific, anatomically-customized living bone graft that functionally and immunologically integrates into the body. Starting with head and face bones, with potentially we can engineer all kinds of bone, ligament and cartilage.

This technology is revolutionising how bone matter is reconstructed or repaired.

Good work Nina.

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Keller Rinaudo – Founder Of Zipwire

Today on in tech for good we introduce Zipwire. The company that delivers medical supplies to the unreachable.

Zipline is a company that launched the world’s first drone delivery program for medical supplies in Rwanda last month. It recently announced it raised $25 million in funding with investments from venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.

Visionnaire Ventures led the latest funding round, which brings the tech for good drone company’s total capital raised to $43 million.

In October, the Rwandan government launched a program with Zipline to deliver blood to clinics in the western part of the country, in collaboration with the UPS Foundation, the parcel service’s charitable arm, and Gavi, a vaccine fund backed by Bill Gates.

As the program continues to roll out, the plan is to eventually service 21 clinics in Rwanda. The plan is to fly between 50 and 150 on-demand deliveries a day. Delivering blood by drone costs about the same as traditional motorbike delivery, which can be slowed by poor road conditions and isn’t always an option.

Clinics often lack resources to properly store blood. Using drones, blood can reach clinics within 30 minutes of receiving an order.

What next?

There is no limit to the reach of Zipwire as all around the world there are people who are miles from medical help. Zipwire solves this problem. One key part which will need to improve for Zipwire to be truly effective is communication to understand where these supplies are needed.

We have all read about drones being used for destruction, but this is an amazing example of using tech for good! Good work Keller.

If you want to read more about Zipwire then head over www.zipwire.com.

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The Collison Brothers – Irelands Youngest Billionaires

Introducing Stripe, the unicorn founded by two twenty-somethings from Ireland.

Stripe is an American online payment gateway service provider covering over 25 different countries. It allows individuals as well as large enterprises to perform integrated online payment using their credit card or any other major online payment method.

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Autonomous cars could make driving illegal by 2030.

There has not been a bigger shift in the transportation industry since the Model T replaced the horse and cart. The emerging breed of autonomous cars will change everything we know.

Here’s what to expect.

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How the invention of Hyperloop will set fire to £100 billion of your money.

I know that’s a pretty bold title to go with but Hyperloop will change transportation forever and inadvertently set off a £100 billion time bomb for HS2.

Let me start with what we are most familiar with.

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The Why, The Goals and The Fear.

For a long time, I thought that having a blog or producing content was for a select few. A select few who I thought had somehow already made it to a point where people cared what they had to say. Why would anyone care what I had to say about digital skills and the advancement of technology?

What didn’t cross my mind until a few months ago was that, everyone who has ever produced content online started at zero.

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2016 – An Amazing Year For Technology.

For some people, 2016 was a year full of bad news.

There was, however, another side to it. Another side full of technological achievements which advanced humanity in a way never seen before.

Here is a rundown.

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