Flowable Electronics in Improving Surgical Devices

Technology #ua15-084

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Marvin Slepian
Professor, Medicine
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Rakhi Gibbons
Asst. Director, Life Sciences (520) 626-6695

Invention

The technology provides minimally invasive technologies to access deep tissue structures through an electronic device that can be poured, splashed, drizzled, misted, or sprayed on a surface.

Background

Electronics and digital devices have become mainstream, but a basic limitation still exists. Electronics are created from conductors and generally these materials are stiff or rigid (copper, aluminum, etc). On the other hand, biologic domains are flexible and complaint and there have been recent advances in stretchable electronics. There is a need to measure or monitor locations of the body that is isolated or walled off. Surgical sites need a measurement of oxygen tension, pH, and temperature.

Advantages

  • There is a need to measure or monitor locations of the body that is isolated or walled off.
  • Surgical sites need a measurement of oxygen tension, pH, and temperature. The lung requires the measurement of intra-pleural pressure. Any of these examples will require open surgery to gain access
  • The technology provides minimally invasive technologies to access deep tissue structures
  • The technology is poised to take advantage of a growing opportunity in the surgical medical device field and be of high interest in companies familiar with this technology.

Applications

  • Minimally invasive technologies are a growing opportunity in the field and this innovation may potentially be of high
  • One commercial application could potentially be drug delivery vehicles.
  • Would have the greatest impact in surgical devices.

Inventor

Marvin J. Slepian

Contact

Rakhi Gibbons

Licensing Manager, Tech Launch Arizona

rakhig@tla.arizona.edu

Technology ID: Refer to UA Case Number UA15-084