Our Projects

CSF Leak Patching Device

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks resulting in positional headaches and visual changes are often hard to detect. Furthermore, spatial constraints particularly with leaks in the ventral dural surface lead to sub optimal treatments. We are developing a specialized tool for targeted delivery of epidural blood patches to regions with spatial constraints.

Brain Retractor

Current retractors to evacuate intracranial hemorrhages or accessing deep seated lesions in the brain are expensive and provide limited modularity. We are developing a retractor that maintains a corridor large enough for surgical tools, minimizes required craniotomy area, and allows for an accelerated procedure and recovery time.

Tracheobronchomalacia Management

Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is a disorder characterized by increased collapsibility of the large airways resulting in spasmodic violent coughing fits. Patients not suited for surgical repairs currently have no therapy options. We are developing a simple, portable device for effective management of cough symptoms in TBM patients.

Left-sided Vascular Access Device

Despite improved clinical outcomes of left sided vascular access for coronary and peripheral interventions, adoption is limited due to increased operator stress. We are developing a device that enables universal bilateral access to intervention sites, mitigates discomfort and allows for radiation precautions.

Cranisynostosis Repair Tool

Craniosynostosis is a defect that causes a misshapen infant (ages 4-9 months) skull due to premature fusion of sutures. Current tools used in endoscopic repairs are bulky, unsafe and rely on physician intuition. We are developing a specialized tool that assists minimally invasive repairs, protects the infant dura and reduces blood loss.

PILVAS

Conventional left heart venting solution for VA ECMO patients are either ineffective, prone to occlusion or very expensive. We are developing an innovative catheter that reduces left heart thrombus formation while facilitating peripheral insertion.

Non-Slip Balloon Catheter

During percutaneous coronary interventions, balloon slippage is a known complication leading to inadequate dilation and unnecessary trauma to adjacent, healthy segments of the blood vessel. This projects aims to develop a device that can circumvent slippage, provide a targeted dilation of the lesion while maintaining a low-profile.

Low-Cost Laparoscope

Laparoscopic surgery is expensive and demands large infrastructure to maintain the equipment. This is cost prohibitive in low- and middle-income countries, and therefore most surgeries in these countries are performed with the traditional, open approach. This project’s goal is to develop a low-cost, reusable laparoscope for use in a low-income country.

UV Sterilization Device

Each year, millions of surgical drains are placed during medical procedures. It is widely known that drains become colonized with bacteria, yet there are no effective methods to disinfect them. We are developing a device that offers a basis for solving this fundamental problem associated with surgical drain bacterial colonization.

Pediatric Sleep Device

Sleep disruption are very common in infant and toddlers. Despite the variety of solutions offered through books and anecdotal experiences from friends and family, navigating sleep difficulties remains challenging. We are developing a simple, safe solution with ease of application to decrease level of child distress to help young children get the sleep they need.