Welcome to the Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research
In 2015, the Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research was established through a generous donation from the Biedermann family to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their involvement in orthopaedic medicine. Since Max Biedermann first began his work on prosthetics in 1916 (seen below), the Biedermann family has maintained a strong belief that research is the basis for the development of meaningful novel and innovative treatment concepts. Based on this tenet, their partnership with the University of Pennsylvania was based on the goal to develop a world class biomechanics laboratory where these treatment concepts can be explored, existing and new technologies can be tested, and quantifiable and unbiased results will improve the standard of care and the quality of life for patients.
The lab consists of over 3200 square feet of office and laboratory space and is equipped with the tools needed to perform cutting-edge research. It has been designed with long-term research goals in mind so that it can accommodate a growing staff and provide biomechanical testing services to a large spectrum of research collaborations. Throughout the first five years that the Lab has been open, several partnerships with industrial sponsors have been established to elucidate the relationships between trauma implant designs, construct biomechanics, and clinical outcomes. To date, the Lab has been supported by the following external sources: AOFAS, AOTNA, The Bach Fund, DePuy Synthes, The McCabe Fund, NIAMS, OREF, and Stryker Orthopaedics. Projects have spanned a wide variety of orthopaedic injuries and have been especially concerned with fracture fixations that are complicated by osteoporosis, which represents an emerging healthcare crisis. The Lab has published an extensive collection of studies demonstrating the importance of implant design and surgical technique choices, which are not always intuitive and can be directly implemented in surgical practice. For example, we have shown that the surgical positioning of proximal humerus locking plates can have direct implications with respect to fixation strength and fatigue life.
More recently, additive manufacturing has become a major interest for the Lab, as there exists a real need for better optimization of implant material properties in the orthopaedic industry. Additive manufacturing can be used to fine-tune material stiffnesses and produce complex, patient-specific geometries. We have explored the use of 3D-printing fracture models for resident education and found that providing the preoperative 3D models resulted in improved performance within the operating room. In the future, we are looking forward to working with new and existing partners from academic and industry to examine the utility of additive manufacturing in the context of specific trauma applications.
The forward momentum of the lab is strong, our national recognition is on the rise, and the future holds great promise to continue changing the current paradigms associated with fracture fixation. None of these efforts would be possible without the Biedermann family’s generous contribution.
If you are interested in learning more about the Biedermann Lab, please explore the rest of our website, or feel free to contact the Director of the lab, Michael Hast, by emailing him through the "Contact Us" link on the right.