Navigation Links
NIH Funds $1M Research at Quest Product Development and University of Colorado for New Digitally-Controlled Endoscopes
Date:8/7/2008

DENVER, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Product Development, with partner University of Colorado, has been awarded a $1,000,000 Small Business Technology Transfer grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the development of a next-generation endoscope. MicroFlex technology, derived from aerospace engineering, uses shape metal alloys and micro-actuators that allow active control over the shape of the scope for minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons will guide this ultra-slim 3mm (1/8") diameter scope via a joystick-like control, and can reach previously inaccessible spaces to visualize and diagnose problems. Specialized tools fit through the scope for therapeutic and surgical procedures. Dr. Dale Lawrence, University of Colorado Professor and inventor of the technology, says, "We're excited about the potential of this technology to access small areas of the anatomy."

MicroFlex endoscopes may provide easier out-patient surgery for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. The sinus application, the first of many potential uses of this technology, was selected due to the prevalence of chronic sinusitis, which effects 33 million Americans, and the challenge of surgery and treatment in these difficult anatomical structures.

Development is being done by Dr. Lawrence's research group at CU Boulder, physicians at the Health Sciences Center and an engineering team from Quest Product Development. A second NIH grant funded research demonstrating that MicroFlex devices can be fabricated as small as 1mm (0.04") diameter, which will allow access deep into areas of the lungs not currently possible, for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. Ultimately, MicroFlex technology may provide a useful tool for diagnostic and surgical care for a variety of medical uses including ear-nose-throat, lung, neurosurgery, neonatal and cardiac applications.

MicroFlex is innovative technology with the potential to revolutionize minimally invasive surgeries. Alan Kopelove, Quest Director for Technology, says, "MicroFlex scopes could improve healthcare by improving surgeon access, reducing treatment costs, reducing patient trauma and improving recovery times." Quest Product Development, a specialized engineering and product development company focusing on medical products and Colorado bioscience, teams with universities and companies to develop new technologies.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Quest Product Development
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Notice of Initial Distribution of Net Settlement Funds
2. NSF Funds New Entrepreneurship Program
3. NIH Funds Vaccine Research for Needle-free and Self-Administered Protection Against Pandemic Influenza
4. XTELL Launches its Commercial Biorepository Services for Research and Pharmaceutical Companies
5. ChanTest Launches New Business to Provide Validated Ion Channel Expressing Cell Lines to the Research Community
6. United BioSource Corporation and CogState Ltd. Form Strategic Partnership to Support Cognitive Assessment in Clinical Research
7. Molecular Biometrics Announces Results of Parkinsons Disease Research and Receipt of Grant From Michael J. Fox Foundation to Advance Diagnostic Technology
8. eResearchTechnology Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
9. Anacor Pharmaceuticals Appoints Dr. Kurt Jarnagin Vice President of Biological Research
10. Abt Associates Ranked One of Top 20 U.S. Market Research Firms
11. Zenobia Therapeutics, Inc. Receives Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research Award for Work on PD-implicated Protein LRRK2
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... 2016  Liquid Biotech USA ... a Sponsored Research Agreement with The University of ... from cancer patients.  The funding will be used ... with clinical outcomes in cancer patients undergoing a ... be employed to support the design of a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... While the ... such as the Cary 5000 and the 6000i models are higher end machines that ... the height of the spectrophotometer’s light beam from the bottom of the cuvette holder. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016   Boston Biomedical ... novel compounds designed to target cancer stemness pathways, ... been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. ... of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer. ... designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways by targeting ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. ... microbial tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/16/2016)... --  EyeLock LLC , a market leader of iris-based ... IoT Center of Excellence in Austin, Texas ... embedded iris biometric applications. EyeLock,s iris authentication ... with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most proven ... platform uses video technology to deliver a fast and ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 Infosys ... (NYSE: INFY ), and Samsung SDS, a global ... that will provide end customers with a more secure, fast ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ) , ... but it also plays a fundamental part in enabling and ...
(Date:4/19/2016)... UAE, April 20, 2016 The ... as a compact web-based "all-in-one" system solution for all ... fingerprint reader or the door interface with integration authorization ... access control systems. The minimal dimensions of the access ... into the building installations offer considerable freedom of design ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):