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Fail-safe TET system for implanted life support devices

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
71036
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HL078499
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ABIOMED, INC.
22 CHERRY HILL DRIVE DANVERS, MA 01923-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Fail-safe TET system for implanted life support devices
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HL078499-01
Award Amount: $81,573.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Cardiac assist devices are increasingly being used for long term support. As patient survival times increase substantially, long-term management of the patients will increasingly play a role in suitability of these devices as destination therapies. Infection, primarily due to cable entry site(s), remains a primary complication for these patients. To-date, the only practical approach to completely eliminate long-term issues associated with cable entry site infections is to use a TET (Transcutaneous Energy Transfer) system. A TET system, is an electro-magnetic power transfer system, which can send substantial electrical power across a patient's intact skin, thereby eliminating cable entry site infections. The ultimate objective of the research proposed here is to develop a fail-safe TET system with substantial reduction in power transfer sensitivity to patient movement. ABIOMED has already developed a first-generation TET system currently in use in the clinical trial of the AbioCor total artificial heart. This system, although highly effective in a clinical setting, has demonstrated the need for a fail-safe operation as well as for reduced sensitivity to patient movement. Starting with the current ABIOMED TET as a base, detailed studies in phase I will develop a novel, fail-safe TET system and fully characterize its performance. The need for a trouble free, user friendly TET system is already very visible, and will become increasingly important as more patients are discharged home with destination cardiac support prostheses. For these patients a robust, lightweight, complication-free power source will play a critical role in achieving a near-normal quality of life.

Principal Investigator:

Fred Zarinetchi
9786461400
FZARINETCHI@ABIOMED.COM

Business Contact:

Robert Kung
9787775410
RKUNG@ABIOMED.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ABIOMED, INC.
22 CHERRY HILL DRIVE DANVERS, MA 01923

EIN/Tax ID: 042743260
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No