The science of friction
Lancastrian John Charnley was an orthopaedic surgeon with a passion for innovative research. He was an expert in the treatment of fractures but his more celebrated legacy is the development of hip replacement surgery.
Charnley worked closely with mechanical engineers, studying both tribology (the science of friction) and materials technology to develop a low-friction replacement hip joint. The clinic he established at Wrightington Hospital began performing hip replacements in 1962. Charnley continued to refine the process, improving the artificial hip and developing methods to limit the patient’s exposure to infection.
McLaren Applied Technologies is now transferring their knowhow into healthcare, with medical alliances across the sector. In 2015 a partnership was announced with the University of Oxford to work together on a number of ongoing clinical challenges. From training the next generation of surgeons using simulations to wireless data acquisition for remote patient monitoring, Applied Technologies are on relentless mission to improve people’s lives by working with like-minded visionaries, fresh thinking and technology.