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Development of a compact, low cost and easy to use device based on LED technology for non-invasive selective haemostasis to benefit the people suffering from coagulation problems

Objective

Light+ter project addresses a public health problem, i.e. coagulation disorders, typical of hereditary diseases like haemophilia (40,000 people affected in EU27), or induced by use of specific anti-coagulant drugs (20 million people in EU27). Bleeding disorders have a strong impact on the quality of life. Usual small medical interventions, as dental surgery, pose important problems for these patients, requiring the suspension of the anticoagulant therapy days before the surgery, with the consequent risk of having a relapse of the cardiovascular problem. In this framework, there is a technological need for a cheap, safe and easy to handle tool to help blood coagulation, to be used directly by the patient or by low-specialized personnel. The final goal of Light+ter project is to address this need through the development of a compact and easy to use device based on Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, able to induce haemostasis of skin blood vessels without damaging the surrounding tissues. The main mechanism at the basis of Light+ter project is photo-thermo haemostasis (conversion of radiant energy to heat by haemoglobin that results in thermal denaturation of blood) which up to date have been realised only through very expensive, bulky and complex laser sources. Light+ter project, starting from the concept at the basis of a patent owned by the SME partner Light4Tech, aims at demonstrating the use of low cost LEDs to induce non invasive photo-thermal coagulation, and will develop a prototype of device that could be configured both as an over-the–counter product and as an ambulatory tool (e.g. dental surgery). Light+ter project will help the 34,500 SMEs active in EU in the biomedical sector to gain market share in medical device market with an innovative product that will strongly improve the quality of life of people with coagulation disorders.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

LIGHT4TECH FIRENZE SRL
Address
Via Pisana 316
50018 Scandicci
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 558 563,59
Administrative Contact
Orindo Dorin (Mr.)

Participants (7)

BIESSSE TAPE SOLUTIONS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 201 146,51
Address
Via Luigi Galvani 2/4
20018 Sedriano Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Gatti (Mr.)
ms macrosystem nederland
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 184 240,07
Address
Tromplaan 1
3951cl Maarn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petronella Maria Jacoba De Haan (Ms.)
LEPOLAM Wichrowscy SP.J.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 104 539,33
Address
Wrzosowa 7
25-213 Kielce
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaroslaw Wichrowski (Mr.)
IRIS-SW
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 2 400
Address
Via Roggiana 39
6833 Vacallo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Gilardoni (Mr.)
LABORATORIO EUROPEO DI SPETTROSCOPIE NON LINEARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 000
Address
Via Nello Carrara 1
50019 Sesto-fiorentino (Fi)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cristina Cipullo (Ms.)
SKA POLSKA SP (ZOO)
Poland
EU contribution
€ 1 998
Address
Ul. Aleje Jerozolimskie 125/127 Lok 508
02 017 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Marczewska (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 692,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Renzo Salimbeni (Dr.)