qutbluebox Innovation Challenge Finalist: Field Orthopaedics – Q&A


We round out this week of discussions with the bluebox Innovation Challenge Finalists by talking to the team from Field Orthopaedics.  Interested in the future of joint replace? Then read on to find out how our Innovation Challenge Finalist is looking to revolutionize the space.

What is Field Orthopaedics?

Field Orthopaedics is a group of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Doctors and Engineers who develop orthopaedic devices for the trauma, extremities and biologics market.

Who are the people behind it?

Dr Gregory Couzens, Dr Libby Anderson, Dr Christopher Jeffery and Dr James Fielding.

What is your connection with QUT?

Both Dr Couzens and Dr Jeffery are completing their PhD at QUT currently and Dr Jeffery completed his undergraduate engineering degree at QUT.

How long have you been operating as a business?

18 Months.

How did you come up with the idea for Field Orthopaedics?

Chris was in the audience at an orthopaedic conference when Greg was presenting his research on the failings of current wrist replacements. During an intermission Chris approached Greg with a solution to design a new wrist replacement device from the ground up to specifically address the failings of the current offerings.

Do you have any experiences in startups or business?

Greg has been running a successful private practice for twenty years. Libby has a commerce undergraduate degree and has been involved in surgical leadership and education for 6 years. James studied business and worked in finance and PR in New York before returning home to study medicine. During medicine, James and Chris met after being awarded scholarships to complete a graduate certificate of executive leadership in addition to their medical degrees. They went on to build a portfolio of medical products.

What has been your biggest challenge with Field Orthopaedics to date?

The steep learning curve around the intricacies of medical device development, regulatory approval and commercialisation.

What has been your greatest success with Field Orthopaedics to date?

The successful presentation and demonstration of our prototype magnetic total wrist replacement at the 2016 combined annual conference for the Australian Hand Surgery Society and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Where do you find inspiration and what entrepreneurs are you influenced by?

We’re inspired daily by the opportunities for improvement that we see when interacting with patients. Entrepreneurs we’re influenced by are Elon Musk and Tony Stark.

What would it mean to you and your startup to win the Innovation Challenge?

It would be a great validation for our project and be recognition of what we’ve achieved so far.