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Non-invasive screening of the status of the vascular system

Objective

NISTAS aims at developing a novel medical instrument - VascuLight (VL) - for fast and contactless screening of the status of the vascular system of human patients.
NISTAS responds to the need for fast, reproducible, and widely available measurement of the arterial stiffness that is a recognised predictor of cardiovascular risk and mortality, and a potential marker for monitoring the beneficial effects of medical treatments for arterial diseases.
The pulse wave velocity (PWV) is the speed of travel of pressure waves in the aorta and other arteries and is a demonstrated and accessible indicator of arterial stiffness. Today, the PWV is measured by contact techniques, but VL will perform PWV measurements via a contactless technique at a local (carotid, arm and leg arteries) and regional level (combined carotid-arm/leg measurements). The displacement measurement instrument consists of a light source and a sensor coupled to a control unit, where fast processing allows a prompt diagnosis.
In NISTAS, 3 SMEs will lend their expertise to the common goal of realising the VL instrument, transferring photonic and electronic technologies so far deployed in other industrial fields to life science and medical areas. RTD Partners with clinical expertise will guide the consortium towards full clinical tests, with the goal of validating the effectiveness of the proposed method for vascular disease and risk diagnosis. NISTAS will also develop a complete path towards CE certification of the instrument, allowing an immediate exploitation of project results, supported by the planning of series production manufacturing by the involved SMEs.
The NISTAS Consortium aims at the deployment of the new VL instrument at European hospitals and points-of-care, and expects to introduce PWV measurements at the same level of health dissemination as blood pressure measurement.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/mortality

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ECLEXYS SAGL
Address
Via Dell Inglese 6
6826 Riva San Vitale
Switzerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 378 100
Administrative Contact
Angelo Consoli (Mr.)

Participants (8)

JULIGHT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 358 069
Address
Via Cuzio 42
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angela Giffalini (Dr.)
FONDAZIONE IRCCS POLICLINICO SAN MATTEO
Italy
Address
Viale Golgi 19
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Franco Marazza (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
Address
Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sofia Baggini (Dr.)
EUDAX SRL
Italy
Address
Viale Bianca Maria 41
20122 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrico Perfler (Dr.)
SAPHYRION SAGL
Switzerland
Address
Strada Regina 16
6934 Bioggio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Crivelli (Mr.)
EPI-LIGHT LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 219 953
Address
Hoffman Park - Inchera
Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Guénebaut (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Conor Delaney (Mr.)
Open Innovation Partners Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 175 878
Address
Lapps Quay 6 Deloitte & Touche
Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diarmuid Cahalane