LOW-COST, PORTABLE HOME MEDICAL OXYGEN DEVICE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,986.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HL57758-01A1
Agency Tracking Number:
39550
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nextech Materials, Ltd
720-I LAKEVIEW PLAZA BLVD, Worthington, OH, 43085
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
SWARTZ, SCOTT L
() -
Business Contact:
(614) 842-6606
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project is aimed at the development of a low-cost, portable system to provide oxygen in the home to patients with chronic lung and heart related diseases, e.g., COPD. This new in-home oxygen delivery system, based on ceramic technology, will improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of oxygen-dependent patients. The need for such a system is expected to grow significantly within the next several years, with the aging of the U.S. population. The development and commercialization of low-cost ceramic oxygen generation (COG) systems for in-home use has been hampered by the need for high operating temperatures of the ceramic electrolyte materials used in these systems. In this project, NexTech Materials, in collaboration with LoTEC, Inc., will use a novel process for preparing cerium oxide based ceramic electrolytes, which offer substantially lower operating temperatures and reduced system costs. The Phase I project will culminate with the fabrication and evaluation of a prototype monolithic COG module, based on LoTEC's patent-pending design. In Phase II, the powder synthesis and ceramic fabrication technology will be optimized and scaled up, and a full-scale manufacturing prototype COG system, based on LoTEC's innovative design, will be constructed.

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