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MAGNETICALLY OPERATED ARTIFICIAL URETHRAL SPHINCTER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13838
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13838
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
WHALEN BIOMEDICAL, INC
11 MILLER ST SOMERVILLE, MA 02143-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: MAGNETICALLY OPERATED ARTIFICIAL URETHRAL SPHINCTER
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW PROSTHESIS FOR THE TREATMENT OF TOTAL URINARY INCONTINENCE. THE PROSTHESIS IS MAGNETICALLY OPERATED WITH AN EXTERNALLY WORN PERMANENT MAGNET. THE MAGNET COMPRESSES AN IMPLANTED METAL BELLOWS, WHICH PRESSURIZES A URETHRAL CUFF TO STOP THEFLOW OF URINE. THE CUFF PRESSURE IS SET AT THE TIME OF IMPLANTATION, BUT IT IS LATER PERCUTANEOUSLY ADJUSTABLE USING AN INJECTION PORT ON THE BODY OF THE RESERVOIR. THE ADVANTAGES OF THIS DEVICE INCLUDE SIMPLICITY, MECHANICALRELIABILITY, EASE OF USE, AND SAFETY. FAILURE OF THE IMPLANT DOES NOT RESULT IN URETHRAL BLOCKAGE, AND THE PROSTHESIS CAN BE USED BY PATIENTS WITH POOR DEXTERITY, BOTHLIMITATIONS OF EXISTING DEVICES. THE FLUID RESERVOIR/BELLOWS ASSEMBLY IS ENCASED IN A SILICONE RUBBER JACKET THAT EMPLOYS A MICROPOROUS TEXTURED SURFACE TO LIMIT FIBROUS TISSUE ENCAPSULATION OF THE PROSTHESIS, WHICH MIGHT ALTER DEVICE FUNCTION OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME. PROTOTYPE DEVICES WILL BE CONSTRUCTED, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CUFF AND MAGNETIC ACTUATION SYSTEM STUDIED IN VIVO. TO ASSESS THE SAFETY OF THE EXTERNAL MAGNET, A SERIES OF ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS WILL BE PERFORMED USING MINIATURE PIGS TO STUDY THE POTENTIAL FOR SKIN TRAUMA. THE SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE UNDER THE EXTERNAL MAGNET WILL BE EXAMINED FOR EVIDENCE OF PRESSURE NECROSIS, AND THE TISSUE CAPSULES FROM THE MICROPOROUS SURFACE WILL BE EXAMINED HISTOLOGICALLY AND COMPARED WITH SMOOTH SURFACE CONTROL IMPLANTS. THE NEW DEVICE WILL BE ESPECIALLY USEFUL FOR ELDERLY PATIENTS.

Principal Investigator:

Robert L Whalen
6176613693

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Whalen Biomedical Inc.
5 Howland St Cambridge, MA 02138

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No