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Unmet Clinical Need

There are approximately 500,000 patients present annually in the United States for chest wall trauma.  Current technology limits number patients that can be surgically repaired, resulting in long-term disability, narcotic pain management, and the inability to maintain employment. Internal fixation has shown improved outcomes compared to conventional management, but since procedure is not MIS (minimally invasive surgery), it is only performed for the severely injured.

Proposed Healthcare Solution

Minimally invasive rib fixation system 

Development Stage

Prototype Development

Funding Cycle


Project Team

Adam Shiroff, MD
Joe Fernandez-Moure, MD


For more information on this technology, please contact Penn Center for Innovation at pciinfo@pci.upenn.edu