A KTP collaboration with Aston’s Mechanical Engineering and Design Group will see the development of a cost-effective British Gastro endoscopic device.
Partners for Endoscopy Ltd (PFE), the industry collaborator within the project, supply equipment and consumables to reprocess (clean and store) flexible medical endoscopes, their range includes Automatic Endoscope Reprocessors, specialised cleaning solutions, brushes and sponges. Endoscopes are multi-use devices, however due to the internal structure of the device it is impossible to sterilise them in an autoclave; a high pressurised steam clean device used regularly by hospitals.
Annually there are around 1,000,000 endoscopic procedures carried out in the UK, around 90% of these are gastroscopies or colonoscopies. The procedures are almost exclusively undertaken with imported Japanese devices, with this in mind a cost effective device could create a new manufacturing pathway within the UK.
The device could be of use in several markets including as a direct replacement for current endoscopes, as an emergency replacement when processing equipment has broken down, thus allowing the hospitals to continue service as normal, and for use outside of normal hospital environments such as 3rd world or military.
Director of Partners for Endoscopy Mr Rob Hartley commented on the project:“We hope that with the successful development of the British endoscope in partnership with Aston University a new revenue stream will be opened and that the skills developed during the KTP could open opportunities to develop an enhanced product range.”
This multi-disciplinary project will draw expertise from the Engineering and Life Sciences Schools which will help PFE develop their understanding and knowledge of design, manufacture, testing and prototyping of complex medical products, all key areas for the success of the highly technical device.
“The partnership with PFE will enable our academic team to gain experience and applied knowledge of the standards, processes and legislation surrounding medical product development for clinical use.” Lead academic, Dr Mark Prince.
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