Pellet Dispenser for Small Laboratory Animal CagesTechnology #ua17-163
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- Jonathan Lifshitz Associate professor, Child Health
- Bret Tallent UA Associate, Child health
- Addison Wessel High school student volunteer, CHild Health Phx
- Loren Matthew Law UA Associate
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- Rakhi Gibbons Asst. Director, Life Sciences (520) 626-6695
Title: Pellet Dispenser for Small Laboratory Animal Cages
Invention: This invention is a timed pellet feeder designed to deliver drug pellets inside a cage. It is comprised of an ejector controlled by a timing module connected to a computer, a pellet hopper, and a feedback unit.
Background: Route administration is one of the main challenges in evaluating pharmacological agents for therapeutic efficacy. Traditional methods require administering compounds intra-peritoneally in small animals. Unfortunately, repeated injection can cause stress, callusing at the injection site and increased resources for this manual labor. The invention presented here solves this issue by scheduling oral delivery of drug pellet administration.
- Animal models
- Laboratory equipment
- Reduces research costs
- Improves translational validity by simulating prescription schedules and oral administration
- Feedback system can alert for errors