Veterans recognized for plan to 3D-print patient-specific medical implants

On this day when we honor our veterans, it’s especially gratifying to congratulate OsirisBiomed 3D on winning the $10,000 grand prize at the Greater Philadelphia Veteran Network’s (GPVN) second annual Veteran Entrepreneur “Shark Tank” Business Pitch.

CEO Theodore Gerstle, MD, (USMA 1999), COO Christopher Gerstle, Esq, and VP Nathan Gargus, MD, (USMA 2000) received the award for their plan to offer 3D-printed patient-specific implants made in real time using proprietary software.

Speaking shortly after the awards ceremony on Nov. 6 in Philadelphia, Theodore Gerstle commented, “As veterans and healthcare providers, we are passionate about improving patient care and providing improved solutions and better outcomes for trauma patients. 3D medical device printing provides many opportunities to improve patient care and decrease healthcare costs. We believe we are uniquely positioned to bring lifesaving and life-improving changes to the current standard of care for military and civilian patients alike,” said Gerstle.

While he was working in the Department of Defense, Gerstle desiged 3D CAD models of modular ceramic body armor. “After becoming a plastic surgeon, it became obvious that there is a huge unmet need in our current biomedical environment,” Gerstle told PlasticsToday. … (Read more)