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Xilloc Medical B.V, Hall of Fame

Maikel Beerens
Xilloc Medical B.V.
Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands
www.xilloc.com

Combining entrepreneurial flair with technological innovation, Maikel’s start up develops groundbreaking 3D printing solutions which have gone on to make a significant impact within the medical world.

Maikel, a biomedical engineer, developed a method for the preoperative design and production of patient-specific implants, after work on his thesis exploring the subject inspired him of their potential to change lives. Working with Maastricht University Medical Centre he achieved a world first of using 3D printing technology to manufacture patient-specific implants. In 2011, Maikel founded Xilloc Medical with the ambition of bringing a higher quality of life to patients, creating customised implants to reconstruct bone defects.

 The company has quickly developed from a university based concept into a market leading medical business. An early stage success, which caught the eye of industry experts, was successfully implanting a 3D printed lower jaw into an 83 year old women, a world first which cut surgery time to a fifth of traditional reconstructive surgery times.

Some four years since its launch, Xilloc has helped 200 patients and predicts this number will surpass 300 during 2016. The 3D implants produced by Xilloc are now used in more than 25 European hospitals and are included in the cover provided by leading health care insurers. In 2013, one of the Netherlands' most important private health care entrepreneurs bought a stake in Xilloc. "His network, knowledge and vision are highly valuable to me," says Maikel.

In 2015, Xilloc started widening its area of application from the head-neck area to joint implants. In the same year Xilloc entered into a partnership with a Japanese firm to print 'real' bone using a 3D printer. Doctors from all over the world can upload their cases at the Xilloc web store and have a tailor-made implant made, based on a computer tomography scan of the patient. "In nine out of ten cases, face-to-face contact with the surgeon is not even necessary," says Maikel.

Maikel has also been able to set up an industrial division within Xilloc, saying, "We now have 16 extremely high-quality 3D-printers here which print components for high-tech industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors.

"One of these printers has been running for a year to print 5,000 components for an aerospace company."



 

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