earFold(TM) is an implant made of a short strip of nitinol metal alloy, which is specifically designed to retain a preset shape. Nitinol alloy is widely used in medicine and is the same material that is used for coronary artery stents (for patients with heart disease due to a blockage of their arteries). The implant consists of a curved, wafer-thin strip of metal (approximately the same thickness as a human hair) which is plated with 24-carat gold to reduce the visibility of the implant under the skin. earFold(TM) implants reshape the ears with a simple procedure lasting just a few minutes.
About Northwood Medical Innovation Ltd
Northwood Medical Innovation Ltd (NMI) was incorporated in 2010 to provide a vehicle for investment in the earFold(TM) concept. NMI is a privately held company based in London and was founded by the inventor of earFold(TM) - Dr Norbert V Kang - a Plastic Surgeon working at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Marie-Claire Haines has been the Managing Director of the company since 2010. During this time NMI has successfully managed the early prototyping and development of the earFold(TM) concept, taking the technology through cadaveric and finally human clinical trials. The earFold(TM) implant has been commercialised in the UK since 2013, and was recently awarded a CE mark in April 2015, enabling NMI to start expanding sales in Europe and other countries.
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