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NIH Grant Could Help Patients Breathe Easier

Mon, 12/04/2006 - 5:16am
Quest Product Development, with partner University of Colorado, has completed Phase I research funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to develop a “proof of concept” MicroFlex scope—an innovative, ultra-flexible, digitally-controlled endoscope that will allow minimally invasive sinus diagnosis and surgery. MicroFlex provides entry into previously inaccessible spaces, direct visualization of tissues, and controllability for improved diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical procedures.

This new technology combines innovations in actuation, sensing, control, and assembly at small scales using advanced metal alloys, integrated circuit fabrication, and micro-actuator technologies to produce 3.0 and 1.0 mm diameter ultra-flexible devices.

An NIH Phase II STTR grant application has been submitted for $992,000, which would fund the development of MicroFlex prototypes and begin testing their capabilities in animal and human studies. “Successful prototype development and testing would lead to commercialization of this innovative technology” said Dr. Dale Lawrence, a University of Colorado professor and MicroFlex inventor, “our goal is to improve heathcare and provide a new frontier in minimally-invasive surgery.”


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