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A leading Italian public medical research centre committed to healthcare and translational medicine has developed an innovative mouth gag for intra-oral procedures to perform safe and easier palatal and oropharyngeal transoral surgery thanks to a retractable and pinching mechanism for tongue compression and tongue base advancement. The medical research centre is looking for industrial partners interested in licensing agreement or technical cooperation agreement of the new device.
Trans-oral surgeries require holding of the jaws in the open position to facilitate access through the oral cavity to the palate and the oropharyngeal cavity, which is mostly achieved with the use of mouth gags. At present, none of the existing technologies enables the surgeon to get a good view of the whole oropharyngeal region due to the lack of a proper tongue compression and advancement, a potential critical factor that may affect surgery duration, safety and appropriateness.
The Italian public medical research centre has developed the innovative technology that provides optimal exposure of all parts of the palate and oropharyngeal cavity to perform trans-oral surgery. Thanks to its modular design this mouth gag is easy to apply in almost all anatomical and disease variants and guarantee a safe anesthesia via an endotracheal tube. The built-in retractable and pinching mechanism for tongue compression and tongue base advancement makes this device unique on the market; moreover the innovative premolar-molar support of the upper blades reduces significantly eventual risks of teeth fractures, commonly associated with the use of mouth gags, while offering a complete view of the palate.
The Italian medical research centre is looking for industrial partners interested into licensing agreement of the technology or in technical agreement for the co-development and application of the innovative device
The most innovative aspects of this technology are:
-Optimal exposure of the palate and the oropharyngeal cavity.
- Retractable and pinching mechanism for tongue compression and tongue base advancement.
- Modular design.
- Operating with an innovative posterior premolar-molar support of the upper blades in order to keep open the jaws without risk of damages for the upper anterior teeth.
Stainless steel prototype nr. 2 available for demonstration.
Patent pending in Italy. PCT
Type and tasks of partner sought: industrial partner in the healthcare sector willing to commercialize the technology by specific license agreements or to collaborate with the medical centre to further the development of the technology by a technical agreement.
License agreements will be considered with partners who wish to produce and commercialize the device.