Use low-cost technologies to make healthcare better for 1+ billion people
Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH
Founder, Chairman, & C.E.O.
Julielynn is an award-winning, Harvard educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life’s mission is to use technology to benefit the world. She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions in diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources. She was the first to 3D print medical supplies onboard the International Space Station and at the Mars Desert Research Station. She designed a solar-powered mobile 3D printing system that can be transported in a carry-on suitcase to produce medical supplies in remote, off-grid communities. Julielynn regularly lectures on innovation in healthcare and is a frequent contributor to various media outlets including ABC News, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.
3D4MD was conceived by Dr. Julielynn Wong in 2011. 3D4MD combines a wealth of practical clinical knowledge, advanced qualifications, and a crowd-sourcing innovation process to address some of the most difficult healthcare problems faced in remote and challenging places to work. 3D4MD is a for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to use 3D printing, drones, and other low-cost technologies to make sustainable solutions to reduce poverty and deliver healthcare in the most challenging places to those who need it the most. We are always seeking corporations, foundations, and organizations who share our vision and want to provide social investment to impact over 1 billion lives. We provide high-quality products, services, programs and events to generate revenue to support our humanitarian projects to save lives, time, and money.
We are building an accessible, user-friendly, and sustainable 3D printing ecosystem to save lives, time, and money.
Who We Help
3D4MD makes award-winning, lower-cost 3D printing humanitarian solutions for:
- 5 billion people who lack access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical care
- 4 billion people without access to the Internet
- 3.75 billion people who live in rural areas and who often lack access to healthcare services
- 1.1 billion people without access to electricity
- Over 1 billion people with a disability who often lack access to assistive devices
- Nearly 1 billion people who live on less than $2 per day
- Over 100 million people who require humanitarian assistance
- Astronauts on deep space missions
- We crowdsource community-based, high impact solutions to minimize development time and costs and maximize our social impact.
- We pioneered humanitarian design principles to make user-friendly and sustainable 3D printing solutions.
- We monitor and report our quantitative and qualitative outcomes to demonstrate that 3D printing solutions are better than existing alternatives.
- We strive to meet the highest standards of safety, efficacy, and security in designing our 3D printing medical solutions.
- We respect the confidentiality of patients, healthcare providers, medical institutions, and our partner organizations.
- We are committed to bringing quality healthcare services to people regardless of their race, national origin, religion or political affiliation.
- Our services balance gender and environmental concerns to the greatest extent possible.
Partners and Supporters
3D4MD is seeking partners and various types of support to continue to make our vision of transforming healthcare a reality. 3D4MD relies on the generous support from numerous organizations including the following:
3D4MD was selected from 126 entries to receive one of 5 Canadian Medical Association Inaugural Joule Innovation grants to advance our 3D printing healthcare innovations.
NSERC offers funding for research activities for industry, academic, and public sector partnerships. 3D4MD's co-op students receive funding support from NSERC.
LulzBot products embody the spirit of Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware communities. 3D4MD receives product discounts through LulzBot's education pricing program.
Hacklab.TO is a community hackerspace which encourages people to socialize, share knowledge, and work together on their projects. 3D4MD receives in-kind support from Hacklab.TO.
Springborne Life Sciences' operational focus is on regulatory compliance and quality system processes for medical technologies. 3D4MD receives in-kind support and technical assistance from Springborne Life Sciences.
Made in Space is creating groundbreaking 3D printing technology for use in the space environment. Made in Space provided the off Earth 3D printing services for 3D4MD.
Devicix is a medical product realization engineering firm that is capable of shepherding a design from the idea stage through the FDA process. Devicix provides technical assistance for 3D4MD.
3D LifePrints seeks to improve lives through 3D technologies. 3D4MD works in partnership with 3D LifePrints to provide 3D printed humanitarian solutions.
Field Ready is a non-profit humanitarian aid NGO that seeks to transform logistics through technology. 3D4MD works in partnership with Field Ready on building and testing humanitarian applications of 3D printing.
Voices of Africa seeks to empower youth and women through technology and fair trade. 3D4MD works in partnership with Voices of Africa on building and testing humanitarian medical applications of 3D printing.
Kuunda 3d trains and educates East Africa's entrepreneurs and teachers to use 3D printers for affordable, local production. 3D4MD shares technical expertise with Kuunda 3d.
Health Mission Outreach's goal is to provide free medical aid to the impoverished without discrimination. 3D4MD receives in-kind support from Health Mission Outreach.
The LIG Global Foundation's mission is to deliver humanitarian relief by bringing together medical and non-medical volunteers, supplies, and technology.
Sportsandsocialchange.org is an online directory of non-profit sports organizations who seek to create social change. 3D4MD shares technical expertise with Sportsandsocialchange.org.
Structur3D offers the Discov3ry, an add-on feature for printing a range of soft materials on desktop 3D printers. 3D4MD receives in-kind support from Structur3D.
3D Systems is a global leader in 3D printing and offers a range of user-friendly printers. Through in-kind support, 3D4MD has achieved project milestones more quickly through 3D Systems.
Redetec makes the Protocycler, the world's first complete desktop filament recycler to create 3D printer filament sustainably on demand. 3D4MD actively promotes sustainability through a recycling partnership with Redetec.
Southlake Regional Health Centre is a partner hospital in the Healthcare Ecosphere, a program that connects hospitals with entrepreneurs. 3D4MD collaborates with Southlake Regional Health Centre to use 3D printing to solve clinical problems.
EDIT is the Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology held in Toronto, Canada from September 28 to October 8 2017. 3D4MD loaned our historic 3D printing artifacts for EDIT's Care Pavillion.
The Global Goals Jam is a two day design event held across 40 cities in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. 3D4MD provided a global challenge and curated results for the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 for Good Health and Wellbeing.