Imagine a world where everyone, everywhere could have access to world-class innovation that could change – or save – lives, without the barriers of price or functionality. Those barriers are what almost always accompany medical technology, designed for high-income environments, when it arrives in most parts of the world. Until recently, ‘imagine’ was the key word in [...]
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Life and economies are constantly evolving, especially in the low-income areas where D-Rev focuses its work, places where agility is critical for survival. Most medical devices today, however, are designed for Western hospitals – places that are large, well-powered, elevator-serviced, and reliably able to provide good, if not great, healthcare. But that’s not reality in [...]
We love that Bill Gates is banging the measurement gong. Looooove it! For those of you who may have missed it, Mr. Gates’ 2013 Annual letter came out a few days ago. He mentioned measurement or variations of it of 38 times (compare to 23 times for innovation, last year’s theme). His letter was preceded [...]
Last week, D-Rev kicked off its 1,000 Knees Campaign to support field trials for the third version of the ReMotion prosthesis, which includes a host of new features. As with any field trial, the central objective is to study the product’s performance. Our primary goals are to verify that the product is working as intended and to provide amputees with [...]
At D-Rev, we have a few core tenets. First, we design world-class products that perform on par or better than the best devices available. Second, we’re user-obsessed, which means that we relentlessly integrate user feedback into the design process, always expecting to iterate and improve our designs. Third, we are market-driven. That’s a phrase that [...]
I serve on the board at D-Rev and recently, I helped initiate the 1,000 Knees Campaign to help fund the commercialization of ReMotion. This is why in a nutshell. ReMotion will significantly improve the quality life for millions of amputees worldwide. The ReMotion knee, priced at $80, is a low-cost device, specifically designed for amputees who live [...]
I’ve spent a lot of time in Afghanistan and the mountains of northern Pakistan, so family and friends have been asking me what I think of the Three Cups of Tea dust-up.
As it happens, I went to see Greg Mortenson’s work in 2000. I was en route to Kabul when I got word that the friend with whom I was to work had been unexpectedly jailed by the Taliban for overstaying his visa. He got along with his captors pretty well, and they said they’d let him out soon, but I was left with couple of weeks on my hands. I had heard of Greg’s work and knew the region, so I thought I’d go up and have a look. I got in touch with Greg, who was in China, and we agreed to meet up in Hunza.