AN EXTRACORPOREAL PULSATILE ASSIST DEVICE (EPAD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5007
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5 Howland Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert L Whalen
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 661-3693
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EXTRACORPOREAL PULSATILE ASSIST DEVICE (EPAD), A VALVELESS DIASTOLIC AUGMENTATION PUMP WITH VARIABLE STROKE VOLUMES UP TO 80 ML PER BEAT. THE EPAD IS DESIGNED AS A LOW-COST, DISPOSABLE DEVICE WHOSE INITIAL APPLICATION WILL BE AS A TEMPORARY RIGHT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE USE OF A LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE (LVAD) FOR PATIENTS IN REVERSIBLE BIVENTRICULAR FAILURE. THE EPAD WILLALSO BE USABLE ULTIMATELY AS A TEMPORARY LEFT HEART ASSIST DEVICE WHICH, IN CONTRAST TO THE INTRA-AORTIC BALLOON PUMP (IAPB), PROVIDES ANY DESIRED STROKE VOLUME AND DELIVERS ITS OUTPUT INTO THE ASCENDING AORTA FOR MAXIMAL EFFECTIVENESS. THE EPAD DESIGN PERMITS RAPID OPEN-CHEST CANNULATION OF EITHER THE PULMONARY ARTERY OR AORTA WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANEND-TO-SIDE ANASTOMOSIS OF A VASCULAR GRAFT FOR BLOOD ACCESS. BECAUSE THE DEVICE IS READILY MANUFACTURABLE AND USES SIMPLE MOLDED COMPONENTS, IT IS LIKELY TO BE COST- COMPETITIVE WITH THE IAPB WHEN PRODUCED IN QUANTITY. PHASE I DEVELOPMENT WILL CONSIST OF PROTOTYPE FABRICATION AND IN VITRO CHARACTERIZATION, FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF ACUTE IN VIVO STUDIES USING THE EPAD AS A RIGHT HEART ASSIST DEVICE WITH A MODEL OF INDUCED RIGHT VENTRICULAR FAILURE.

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