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TRUK20210420001

UK developer of a patented, anti-pressure orthopaedic insole for diabetic wounds seeks a private podiatry clinic to conduct a product evaluation with diabetic patients, under a fully funded research cooperation agreement.

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ABSTRACT

This UK SME (based in Wales) has developed a patented anti-pressure, orthopaedic insole for diabetic wounds and operates in the podiatry/medical device sector. Private podiatry clinics, with research capabilities & a large pool of diabetic patients, are sought via a funded research cooperation agreement. This outsourced product evaluation will help bring the insole to market faster & provide an innovative, cost-effective solution to podiatrists and patients suffering from foot ulcerations.


FULL DESCRIPTION

This UK SME is an award-winning company based in South Wales and has been operating in the podiatry / medical device sector since 2018. It is driven by a young, ambitious team of qualified podiatrists specialising in ‘offloading’ or pressure-reducing technology for foot lesions caused by excessive pressure. The company aims to provide more environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternatives to existing market offerings, by creating a range of orthotics and medical footwear using patented pressure-relieving technology.

The client has designed and developed an anti-pressure, orthopaedic shoe insole for diabetic wound care purposes. The insole device is currently at the advanced prototype stage in product development and is a self-regulated, non-invasive Class 1 medical device.

The patented product has already undergone an early Proof of Concept study and two successful clinical product evaluations. Previous product evaluations were funded by the client’s commercial partner, a market leader in advanced wound care. It is now beginning the proposed Phase 3 product evaluation which will examine the use of the offloading insole on active diabetic neuropathic ulcerations.

Therefore, the company seeks a private podiatry clinic, with clinical research capabilities and a large patient base, to conduct the product evaluation on patients with diabetic foot ulcerations under a funded research cooperation agreement. This Phase 3 study will be funded by the requesting client and existing commercial partner and so, the potential research partner will not be expected to contribute financially.

Such partners from across the Network are sought to increase the time efficiency of the outsourced Phase 3 product evaluation, which would not be possible if partnering with local/regional facilities.

The requesting client aims to bring the anti-pressure insole to market faster following a third successful product evaluation, as a result of the funded research cooperation agreement with an overseas private clinic partner. The patented design enables the prefabricated insole to be customised by podiatrists / medical practitioners and create an immediate offloading prescription for individuals suffering from diabetic foot ulcerations.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: The requesting client seeks clinical research expertise from a private podiatry clinic from across the network with:
• Fluent English speaking and writing abilities.
• Academic skills in writing clinical research reports.
• A history of conducting clinical research in podiatry settings.
• A large patient pool of patients with Type 2 diabetes.
• Regular experience in treating diabetic foot ulcers and wounds.

This Phase 3 product evaluation will be funded by the requesting client and the commercial partner therefore, the potential research partner will not be required to contribute financially.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The requesting client seeks a private podiatry clinic of any size, from across the Network, capable of conducting a Phase 3 product evaluation on patients with active diabetic ulcerations under a research cooperation agreement.

As part of the study, the prospective partner should have:
• Fluent English speaking and writing abilities.
• Academic skills in writing clinical research reports.
• A history of conducting clinical research in podiatry settings.
• A large patient pool of patients with Type 2 diabetes.
• Regular experience in treating diabetic foot ulcers and wounds.

This Phase 3 product evaluation will be funded by the requesting client and the commercial partner therefore, the potential research partner will not be required to contribute financially.


Development Stage:

Prototype available for demonstration - Product engineering phase of project has already begun. Prototype available for demonstration.


IPR:

Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Patents granted - UK patent granted. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application applied for but not yet granted / pending.

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
UNITED KINGDOM
Profile date
30/04/2021
Deadline
28/10/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Life Sciences \ Biosciences and Health \ Medical Devices
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Medicine, Human Health / Clinical Research, Trials / BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES / Medicine, Human Health / Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Technology
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
none...
MARKET KEYWORDS
MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Anatomy, Pathology, Immunology, Physiology / MEDICAL/HEALTH RELATED / Other Medical/Health Related / Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)

FIND OUT MORE

Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number TRUK20210420001