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The Korean start-up company developing a bio-medical microrobot system which uses electromagnetic field system for treating various vascular diseases is looking for European distributors under distribution services agreement

Country of origin:
Country: 
SOUTH KOREA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOKR20210806002
Published
06/08/2021
Last update
13/10/2021
Expiration date
14/10/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
Micro- and Nanotechnology related to Biological sciences
Surgical instrumentation and equipment
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies
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Summary

Summary: 
The Korean company has been developing a bio-medical microrobot system that utilizes electromagnetic fields for treating various vascular diseases. The company offers a 3D magnetic field control system, magnetic guidewire microrobot for faster, safer, more precise procedure, and is looking for European distributors under distribution services agreements.

Description

Description: 

As of 2019, heart disease and stroke placed as the top two causes of global death toll (WHO Global Health Estimates). The main symptoms of these diseases include arrhythmias, aorta disease, coronary artery disease, and others which require precise interventional procedures for their treatment.

The conventional method for interventional treatment is to manually manipulate the guidewire inside the patients’ body by hand. This limits active steering of the guidewire and is highly dependent on the experience/skill of the operator, which potentially leads to varied success rates. Since the manipulation fully depends on the operator’s skills, it takes longer to complete the procedure, increasing the amount of radiation exposure for both patient and operator. It also limits accessible blood vessels in the complex vascular system.

The company suggests a magnetic guidewire microrobot and a 3D magnetic field control system for its manipulation as the next generation interventional treatment. The company is seeking to overcome the limits of conventional methods and maximize efficiency and success rate. Electromagnetic coils generate an electromagnetic field, which is harmless to the human body and allow active steering of the guidewires inside the complex blood vessels. This allows the operator to deliver the guidewire and other necessary medical tools to targeted lesions faster, safer, and with more precision.

Bio-medical microrobot system is composed of magnetic guidewire microrobot, current control box, user interface software, and electromagnetic coils that are placed and fixed under the patients’ bed. Coils placed under patients’ beds maximize patient accessibility for the medical team when in need. These coils are also designed in a way that is compatible with conventional medical image equipment such as X-rays. It can be uninstalled/unfixed after use and kept secured separately until the next use. Once removed, the surgery room is ready to be used for other general procedures. Hence, there is no need for an exclusive surgery room for its own purpose.

The system may also be applied in target therapy, by using magnetic microrobots that carry a certain amount of drug, and delivering it to target lesions. With the identical principle, these drug-carrying microrobots could deliver therapeutic agents to a specific lesion inside the body using the 3D magnetic field control system.

Conventional methods such as drug treatment include drug administration through oral intake and injection. One of the major weaknesses is that the drug also affects the normal tissues simultaneously. As result, the amount of drug delivered to the target is often inadequate, along with the risk of side effects on unwanted areas. With magnetic microrobots and the 3D magnetic field control system for its manipulation, it is able to deliver drugs to the specific lesion for full efficiency of the treatment.

In the current stage of development, the company offers a prototype available for demonstration and already have conducted animal demonstration sessions with surgeons from one of the leading hospitals in Korea. The company is now optimizing the system and making improvements according to the feedback from the demonstration while working on procedures for medical device approval.

The company is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the field of bio-medical microrobot system development. Its core members own the largest number of patents applied for the past 5 years, with more than 10 years of experience in the research of microrobot and its application in the medical field.

Despite the innovative technology and developmental competency, as a start-up, the company has limited resources for aggressive global marketing. Hence, the company is highly motivated and driven to contract partnerships. The company is seeking to contract with European distributors under distribution service agreements to successfully enter the European market.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The Korean company’s technology features magnetic guidewire microrobot manipulated by the 3D electromagnetic field for cardiovascular interventional treatment. It provides a system that is superior in safety, stability, quickness, and overall efficiency than the conventional method using manually manipulated linear guidewires, and other commercialized products using permanent magnets. Currently, commercialized technology which uses two permanent magnets with two large motors for its manipulation takes longer to control the electromagnetic field. Hence it takes longer to steer the guidewire inside the patients’ body, which leads to increased duration of the procedure. In addition, these large motors take up a large space in the surgery room, making it difficult for the operators and medical team to approach the patient when needed. The company’s 3D magnetic field control system is seeking to solve these limits by using electromagnetic coils, which creates a stable magnetic field. Coils are placed and fixed under the patients’ bed in a form of a portable table, maximizing patient accessibility for the medical team, and are easily removed after use. Also, the electromagnetic field allows the operator to remotely, quickly manipulate the magnetic guidewire microrobot inside the patient’s body by controlling the intensity of current on each coil. With the company’s 3D magnetic field system, it is expected to decrease the current 30-280min procedure duration down to an average of 30 min, allowing less radiation exposure for both patient and operator. Hospitals would be able to carry out a greater number of procedures of up to 4 times the usual. In addition, remotely controlled magnetic guidewire microrobot allows the hospital to be less dependent on highly experienced operators for conventional procedures of manual manipulation.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Korean company is looking for European distributors under distribution services agreements with experience in handling precision medical device or if not, general medical equipment with a broad network of hospitals and research institutes of related field. The partnered organization will be responsible for the distribution of the 3D magnetic control system and magnetic guidewire microrobot(consumable merchandise) under distribution services agreements. The company is also looking for direct partnerships with hospitals, research institutes, and companies that are interested in next-generation precision medical devices and technology for cardiovascular interventional treatment.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

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The microrobot

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Preclinical test(mini pig) of the guidewire microrobot and magnetic field control system

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Bio-medical Guidewire Microrobot System for precise interventional treatment

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The total process