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Innovative manufacturing process for oxygenators of different volumes

Country of Origin: Germany
Reference Number: TODE20210121001
Publication Date: 21 January 2021

Summary

A German university developed a novel production process of extracorporeal oxygenators. It enables the production of oxygenators with different volumes with the same housing, the same core and the same fiber mats. The university offers a cooperation under license agreement and a technical cooperation to industrial partners from the medical sector.

Description

With extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (intensive care techniques in which a machine takes over part or all of the respiratory function of patients), the physician only has oxygenators in a few different sizes. A suitable volume would be particularly important for infants and small children in order to relieve the blood circulation.

The economic use of traditional manufacturing processes for different volume sizes of the manufactured oxygenators is severely limited due to the high tool costs and is linked to critical quantities of each volume size.

A German university developed a novel manufacturing process for wound oxygenators. It enables the production of oxygenators with different volumes with the same housing, the same core and the same fiber mats. The volume of the oxygenator and the size of the membrane surface are set by the position of the displaceable core in relation to the housing and by an adapted adhesive. The established production processes can be used with specific mastery of specific supplementary parameters such as core position and amount of joining substance.

The current state of development is a prototype. Interested medical technology companies can acquire the new production process under license agreement. However, the university is happy to assist with know-how for further development and therefore also offers to combine it with a technological cooperation.
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Advantages and Innovations

Compared to existing processes, this production method can create oxygenerators in various intermediate sizes during the ongoing production process. This allows to save costs and time. In addition, the process offers more flexible settings for blood volume and membrane surface area.

IPR status

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Requested partner

The German university is looking for partners, especially companies active in the medical technology wishing to license the innovative production process. The novel manufacturing process for wound oxygenators addresses especially those who deal with devices for blood circulation and oxygenators. 

If the process is developed to market maturity by the interested company itself, it is available under license agreement. If the company requires support in further development, the university will be happy to assist and offers a technological cooperation agreement to go along with it.

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