PORTABLE OXYGEN-ENRICHER FOR INHALATION THERAPY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$437,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4962
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
A/g Technology Corp.
34 Wexford Street, Needham, MA, 02194
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Arye Gollan
Principal Investigator
(617) 449-5774
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
HOME CARE INHALATION THERAPY REQUIRES A READY SUPPLY OF OXYGEN FOR PATIENT COMFORT. UNFORTUNATELY, AVAILABLE TECHNIQUES FOR SUPPLYING OXYGEN ALL SUFFER FROM MAJOR DRAW- BACKS. THE MOST NOTABLE COMMON PROBLEM IS EXCESSIVE WEIGHT WHICH LIMITS PATIENT MOBILITY BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOME. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A TRULY PORTABLE HOME CARE UNIT FOR INHALATION THERAPY BASED UPON A/G TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT- ION'S RECENTLY DEVELOPED ADVANCED HOLLOW-FIBER MEMBRANE CARTRIDGES. THE HOLLOW-FIBER MEMBRANE GEOMETRY IS EXCEPT- IONALLY COMPACT AND CAN BE HOUSED IN LIGHTWEIGHT, PLASTIC HOUSINGS. THIS COMPACTNESS, COMBINED WITH THE HIGH OXYGEN PRODUCTIVITY OF THE A/G TECHNOLOGY MEMBRANES MAY SERVE TO FREE CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) OUT- PATIENTS FROM OXYGEN SUPPLY SYSTEM PORTABILITY LIMITATIONS. A PORTABLE OXYGEN-GENERATING SYSTEM WILL BECOME AN IMPORTANTINNOVATION IN COPD OUTPATIENT CARE FOR THE ESTIMATED 450,000PATIENTS CURRENTLY RECEIVING INHALATION THERAPY AT HOME. THE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION OF THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL NOT BE LIMITED TO JUST THOSE PATIENTS WHO MUST HAVE PORTABLE OXYGENUNITS, RATHER IT IS APPLICABLE TO ALL COPD OUTPATIENTS SINCETHE PROPOSED HOLLOW-FIBER MEMBRANE UNIT OFFERS GREATER SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE COMPARED TO BOTTLED OXYGEN AND SIGNIFICANTLY QUIETER OPERATION THAN MOLECULAR SIEVE, PRESSURE SWING ADSORPTION (PSA) OXYGEN "CONCENTRATORS."

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government