Jan Andrysek, scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute, was awarded for his dedication to research. Andrysek developed a low cost prosthetic knee with a team at the Bloorview Research Institute. Andrysek’s LC Knee joint can be manufactured for approximately $50 while prosthetic devices normally range from $5,000 - $50,000.
The prosthetic knee is made of low cost thermoplastics and relies on injection molding techniques. It has the potential to be mass-produced and distributed to amputees in the developing world. In February 2012, Andrysek was named a Rising Star in Global Health by Grand Challenges Canada and received a $100,000 grant to further test the LC Knee in other countries. Andrysek is also the recipient of the Clifford Chadderton Award for Prosthetics and Orthotics Research and received a PhD from the University of Utrecht for his considerable research.