Prof Gerard Sutton’s research recently made the top 10 outstanding innovations across the entire University of Sydney.
Prof Sutton and his team from the University’s Save Sight Institute developed the iFix, a hand-held 3D printing pen that releases bioink directly onto the cornea to seal wounds, promote active healing and reduce scarring. It can even speed up healing in some types of laser eye surgery. The iFix came in at number 8 on the top 10 list.
The team previously received a prestigious $1.1M research grant for the iFix pen from the NSW Medical Device Fund, in recognition of its potential to revolutionise healthcare. Corneal ulceration is a major cause of blindness in developing countries and around 55,000 people are hospitalised each year in Australia with corneal injuries.
Congratulations Prof Sutton and team!
Prof Gerard Sutton is one of Australia’s leading ophthalmic surgeons and is internationally recognised as an expert in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery. He is the Sydney Medical School Foundation Professor of Corneal and Refractive Surgery and the Medical Director of the Lions NSW Eye Bank. Prof Sutton consults at our Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Hurstville clinics.
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