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Bringing to market the world’s first integrated medical cooling system for minimizing brain damage in stroke patients.

Objective

Stroke-related disabilities remains a major challenge faced by patients, their families and healthcare systems worldwide and is estimated to cost healthcare systems over €45B/year. In Europe, there are over 1.1M new incidences of stroke per year, a third of which will result in permanent disabilities such as limited mobility and affected cognitive function. These handicaps are a result of the brain damage caused by blocked blood flow to the brain, as well as further damage following the recanalization of an arterial blockage. Targeted temperature management (TTM), also known as 'brain cooling', is a method that has proven effective in reducing brain injury in sudden cardiac arrest patients. Extrapolation of TTM to stroke will have a tremendous impact on patient outcomes, however, the limited functionalities of current cooling technologies prevent this realization.

The CUCUMBER consortium, whose expertise range from engineering, manufacturing, clinical neurology and stroke, are working to change this paradigm by developing CoolConnect, the world's first cooling device that accommodates the needs of stroke treatment to improve patient’s outcome, survival, and neurological outcome. CoolConnect is an integrated device composed of 3 components (RhinoChill, BrainCool, and BrainTemp sensor), which come together to address the 3 critical phases of brain cooling, 1)Early cooling, 2)Cooling during reperfusion and 3)maintenance cooling. CoolConnect is the only solution in development designed for this purpose.

FTI grant is requested to fast-track the market launch of CoolConnect by 2024, to ensure broad and sustainable uptake in the following years. Our main aim is to validate CoolConnect in a large, multicenter trial, and to implement all market access and communication activities critical for broad market adoption. There are >288,000 eligible patients for CoolCoonect per year in EU/US, and yearly revenues of €56M can be anticipated following 5 years of commercialization.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM FREIBURG
Address
Hugstetter Strasse 49
79106 Freiburg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 936 875

Participants (3)

INNOKAS MEDICAL OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 434 000
Address
Vihikari 10
90440 Kempele
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRAINCOOL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 485 932
Address
Scheelevagen 2
223 81 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR NEUROINTENSIV- UND NOTFALLMEDIZIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 79 687
Address
Liebigstrasse 20
04103 Leipzig
Activity type
Other