Northwell Health today announced that The Fin, the first 3D-printed, amphibious, prosthetic leg that gives amputee swimmers the ability to navigate from land into the water and back has been included as one of TIME magazine's 2018 Best Inventions.
The Fin was designed and printed by Northwell’s 3D printing experts, working in collaboration with two Long Island-based firms: Eschen Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratories, a prosthetic design firm headquartered in Hicksville, and CPC (Composite Protyping Center), a commercial-grade advanced composite manufacturing company based in Plainview.
Earlier this year, Northwell announced the start of a new study to produce and commercialize the prosthetic swim leg, offering hope for the estimated 1.9 million Americans who have lost a limb to resume a more-active lifestyle. The results of the study testing the “The Fin” will aid in a future application to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), with the goal of partnering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to make this life-changing prosthetic more widely available.
“We made something that didn’t exist yet and solved a specific problem in a very spectacular way. My hope is that this device creates unforeseen opportunities for amputees everywhere,” said Northwell Health researcher Todd Goldstein, PhD, who designed and developed the new amphibious prosthetic. “This study is the first step in making this innovative prosthetic available to the millions of amputees looking to return to the water.”
“We are honored that our life changing prosthetic has been selected by TIME magazine in its annual round-up spotlighting groundbreaking innovations worldwide,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer at Northwell Health. “The Fin is a unique demonstration of Northwell's commitment to put people at the heart of innovation.”