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TRUK20200715001

UK developer seeks manufacturer with knowledge/ability of providing demonstrable prototype and producing small medical devices by plastic injection

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ABSTRACT

A UK developer has patented a device to treat female urinary incontinence and utero-vaginal prolapse which has a negative impact on a woman's social, physical and psychological well-being, leading to embarrassment, low self-esteem and social isolation. It seeks manufacturer with expertise in plastic injection molding in order to build a prototype ready for trialing under technical cooperation or joint venture agreement and to produce the innovative medical device under a manufacturing agreement.


FULL DESCRIPTION

This UK developer has a patented design of an innovative, effective and safe device that would treat female stress urinary incontinence and utero-vaginal prolapse.
Around 6 million women have significant symptoms of urinary incontinence and around 600,000 women have utero-vaginal prolapse. Currently the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence is generally through surgery, whilst these procedures are effective, they are also associated with operative complications. The most popular mesh surgery that has been on the market for two decades has been banned in the UK. So a patient controlled device would be a useful alternative.

At present treatment methods of utero-vaginal prolapse include pelvic floor repair surgery with or without vaginal hysterectomy, and non-surgical methods such as pelvic floor exercises and different forms of pessary. The pessary is effective, but needs to be inserted by a doctor or nurse trained in this field and changed every 4-6 months.

This device would be a 5 in 1 multi-task product, (plastic injection molding) primarily treatment of female stress urinary incontinence and utero-vaginal prolapse, and in addition treatment of urge urinary incontinence, mixed urinary incontinence and urinary incontinence due to urethro-vaginal fistula.

This developer has designed a non-surgical device that can be inserted and removed by the user, so taking the need to visit the Doctor (GP) /hospital out of the equation and therefore eliminating the need for the use of healthcare resources, travel time and cost and embarrassment. They are looking for a manufacturer with technical expertise to help build the prototype in order for the product to be trialed and become ready for market. This would not be a one-off partnership but rather a request aimed at long-term cooperation, This would have to continue upon the successful trials (when the product will then be ready for mass production).

This device whilst may seem very technical is a simple easy to make product and low cost, however the prototype manufacturer or partner would need to have the knowledge of manufacturing small devices, but not necessarily in the healthcare field but would be an advantage. The partner could also offer feedback in terms of improvements in design from their perspective and help to shape and develop their own internal techniques and connections.

They are looking to do this via a joint venture or a manufacturing agreement with technical assistance


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: This device would be a 5 in 1 multi-task product, primarily treatment of female stress urinary incontinence and utero-vaginal prolapse, and in addition treatment of urge urinary incontinence, mixed urinary incontinence and urinary incontinence due to urethro-vaginal fistula.

This device whilst may seem very technical is a simple easy to make product and low cost, however the prototype manufacturer or partner would need to have the knowledge of manufacturing similar types of products. The partner could also offer feedback in terms of improvements in design from their perspective and help to shape and develop their own internal techniques and connections.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The developer would like to seek a partner/ manufacturer that has the knowledge/ability of building small plastic injection molded devices, not necessarily only in the field of healthcare, but this would be an advantage. The partner would need to align with similar interests adding value to the healthcare market and for social responsibility. The partner needs to be a manufacturer via a manufacturing agreement with technical assistance or a joint venture with the ability to provide a demonstrable prototype ready for trial and also have the knowledge and expertise to help the developer in terms of feedback on the design and innovation of the product. In turn helping the partner shape their own internal techniques.


Development Stage:

Concept stage


IPR:

Patents granted

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
UNITED KINGDOM
Profile date
25/09/2020
Deadline
26/09/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Manufacturing agreement Technical cooperation agreement Joint venture agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Life Sciences \ Biosciences and Health \ Environment & Protecting Man \ Recycling & Waste Management \ Drug Discovery and Drug Development \ Medical Devices
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Design and Modelling / Prototypes / 3D printing / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Medicine, Human Health / Diagnostics, Diagnosis / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Medicine, Human Health / Pharmaceutical Products / Drugs / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Medicine, Human Health / Single Use Products and Consumer Goods / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / E-Health / Sensors & Wireless products
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies / Other manufacturing n.e.c. / Specialist medical practice activities / Other human health activities
MARKET KEYWORDS
MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Medical equipment / Medical instruments / MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Medical equipment / Diagnostic equipment / MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Clinical Medicine / Gynaecology / MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Other Medical/Health Related / Disposable products / MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Other Medical/Health Related / Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number TRUK20200715001