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Surgical Drill Cover Receives Government Funding

Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Arbutus Drill Cover recently received funding from Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, to pursue their innovative idea for improving health in low-resource countries! Drill Cover is one of 22 projects in Canada to receive funding, totalling $2.4 million.

Arbutus Drill Cover started in e@UBC’s Lean LaunchPad program as a team of UBC engineering students, and left with the tools to build their startup! Read their bio below then head over to their website to learn more:

“The World Health Organization estimates that 20 to 50 million people each year are injured in traffic accidents. About 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries, where resources for treatment are insufficient.

Commercial power tools are widely available but expensive ($30,000 or more) but surgical equipment is often unavailable, while donated surgical drills fail in low-resource settings because technical support and replacement parts are unavailable. The end result: permanent disability for many.

This project offers a potential solution in the form of low-cost sterilizable cover that enables the use of widely available commercial power drills for orthopaedic trauma surgery in low-resource settings.”

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