With cooperation in product development toward international health technology market

”Synoste Ltd. is a company operating in the health technology industry. We have cooperated with Protacon in product development since 2016. Our core product is a bone lengthening method that enables safe and painless limb lengthening and treatment of bone deformities.

For example, a patient with a difference in leg length is treated by implanting a telescopic bone marrow nail in the thighbone or shinbone. After this, during the lengthening treatment, the patient will place the leg in a home care device 2 to 4 times a day. The device based on electromagnetic induction and smart materials slowly separates the bone ends from each other in accordance with the doctor’s treatment programme enabling bone stretching by 3–7 cm.

Reliable and riskless development of health technologies requires expertise in software development and ICT maintenance services. In medical device business it is important that all parties including subsuppliers know the requirements and international legislation concerning medical equipment.

Protacon’s expertise in medical software development became evident already during the consultative workshops arranged at the very beginning for analysing our software development needs to ensure that we were all on the same page in the project. Since there are not many Finnish companies providing software services for medical equipment that meet the requirements of the healthcare sector, it was easy to select Protacon.

Knowledge of statutory requirements for healthcare equipment is important

Product development of healthcare equipment is strictly regulated by medical equipment directives, which also sets certain requirements for the software and maintenance services. A product development and testing phase related particularly to medical equipment, including clinical tests, lasting up to ten years before the actual commercialisation requires perseverance and solidity on all parties of the project as well as flexible partnership to adapt to varying demands.

Because of sudden changes in our previous software house, our product development partner Protacon joined the team when the challenging project was already in full swing. We have been satisfied with Protacon’s expertise, flexibility and customer orientation in a project with a demanding timeframe. From day one, Protacon has had clear ideas of how it should be organised although we have encountered many different changes of course.

End users of the software include not only doctors who monitor the bone lengthening treatment, but indirectly also patients who receive daily instructions via the application for using their home devices and implementing the treatment. It is self-evident that the bone implant, the home care device and the software must operate with 100% reliability in all conditions.

Although our future market is global, we respect the Finnish culture, direct discussion in the product development stage and dependable ways of operation. Protacon has been able to offer all these to our startup business that is currently making its way to the health technology sector: knowhow of software development for medical equipment, flexibility and human service based on customer needs. We greatly appreciate our product development partnership and I trust that our cooperation will also continue in the future with development of real-time digital and mobile services.”

A product development and testing phase related particularly to medical equipment, including clinical tests, lasting up to ten years before the actual commercialisation requires perseverance and solidity on all parties of the project as well as flexible partnership to adapt to varying demands.

Harri Hallila, CEO,
Synoste Ltd.

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Further information

Juha Eloranta
juha.eloranta@protacon.com
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