The history of
ATTRI is surrounded
by innovative designs
of medical devices

Although ATTRI was registered in 2012, the founder, Associate Professor Dr George Vicatos, has been involved in designing and developing orthopaedic devices since 1992. But his innovative design spirit has roots from long before.

George Vicatos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1955 to a mother who was a medical doctor and to a father who was an officer in the Greek Royal Navy. He grew up in an environment where his mother’s laboratory and practice was at home and hence he was exposed to many patients, mainly poor and destitute after WW2 and the civil war that had shattered Greece during the 1950’s. The young George made a pledge to himself to become a doctor in order to stop the suffering and he devoted many hours browsing his mother’s anatomy books and enjoyed her explanations, using detailed diagrams of the processes in the human body. Surgery on deceased frogs (used in those days for hormonal research) was the anticipated treat after a study of blood vessels, nerves and bones. And thus as the years passed by, George not only became knowledgeable about the body structures, but also became an enthusiastic designer of engineering devices. The latter opened a path for him to study mechanical engineering, rather than proceed with his intended medical education and career.

Early Studies


Enrolled in Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


Converted his studies to Electrical/Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


Obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


Enrolled for and graduated with a BSc in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne


Graduated with an MSc with distinction in Aeronautics from the University of London/Imperial College and was also awarded the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC)


Employed as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town


Graduated with a PhD in Thermodynamics from the University of Cape Town


As a result of his life-long interest in medicine nurtured in his youth, he studied Anatomy at the Medical School of the University of Cape Town.

This was the turning point, as his engineering knowledge and design capability served to focus his attention on the reconstruction of the skeleton. The instrument he designed in 1992, particularly for Professor I. Learmonth, to aid the reattachment of the greater trochanter in a novel way (a surgical technique developed by Prof Learmonth), was the start of his involvement in medical devices and implants. After that he designed and produced several isolated medical instruments, but his participation in the development of orthopaedic devices took flight in 2000/2001.

From 2000 and onwards


Patent for an implant assisting with the fixation and centralisation of cementless stems in the metaphysis.


Became a founder, a 50% shareholder and the managing director of an implant manufacturing company, ISIQU Orthopaedics, where he initially designed and manufactured custom implants for tumour patients.


Patent for a novel modular design of proximal femoral replacement which received an award for the best South African patent of the year.

2002 - 2010

Designed and manufactured about 600 custom and modular implants