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Development of a Disposable Use Endoscopy Tool

Objective

Endoscopes are miniature, elongated microscopes that physicians use to perform minimally invasive procedures on patients - in their hollow organs or internal canals. Endoscopes may be rigid or flexible. Both are delicate, precision instruments. Most flexible endoscopes contain systems to deliver light, suction, air and water. Infection in patients can occur due to inadequate cleaning. Endoscopy is centralised in specialising hospitals which can resource the activity with the purchase and maintenance of sufficient number of endoscopes. This means that patients frequently have to travel long distances to reach these hospitals. There is an urgent need to change the way in which endoscopy is performed to combat these problems. In this project, a team of SMEs will develop single use disposable endoscope equipment (which will eliminate the possibility of infection of the patient from this equipment) and will form a supply chain. The technology developed in this programme will be applicable to other equipment developments by the SMEs. An additional aim is for the disposable endoscope equipment to be constructed from materials which can be recycled after use.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-1
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

ELDOS SP.Z.O.O.
Poland
Address
Bacciarellego 54
Wroclaw
ENDOMED ENDOSKOPIE UND VIDEO GMBH
Germany
Address
Bruckenweg 6
Alsbach
FORGE EUROPA LTD
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Spade Forge, Rosside
Ulverston, Cumbria
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
Address
Av. Professor Cavaco Silva 33, Talaide, Taguspark
Porto Salvo (Oeiras)
NOTTINGHAM CITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST
United Kingdom
Address
Hucknall Road
Nottingham
OMNIVISION INTERNATIONAL HOLDING LTD
Cayman Islands
Address
Zephyr House, Mary Street
Grand Cayman
S.C. OPTOELECTRONICA-2001 SA
Romania
Address
409 Atomistilor Street
Magurele
SINGLE USE SURGERY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Bbic, Innovation Way
Barnsley
VISTAMED LTD
Ireland
Address
Rooskey
Co. Leitrim