InteliSpark client RemPhos Technologies, LLC. has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant worth $999,742.97. The grant is for the SBIR project “Miniature, point-of-care device for establishing sterile connections in combat environments.” The goal of this SBIR research is to develop a portable novel UVC LED light-source device for medical catheters that effectively disinfects the luminal surface and luer connectors in a safe, nonchemical, low temperature fashion without the need for consumables like Curos™ caps, in less than 2 minutes.
RemPhos developed a simple, hand-held, portable and reusable high intensity UVC light source (LED/housing + optics + cooling + low voltage power/control) for automated simultaneous disinfection of catheter lumens and luer connectors. The assembly directs the emitted UVC light in the 250-280nm range at ~20 mW, focusing the energy with a 50 mm focal length into the lumen via a proprietary optical method. Their data and data from a few other groups have shown that UV light can indeed sterilize catheters.
The product being created in this project a portable novel UVC LED light-source device for medical catheters that effectively disinfects the luminal surface and luer connectors in a safe, non-chemical, low temperature fashion. This will enable physicians to quickly guarantee their catheter equipment is sterile before using it, no matter where they might be. If successful, this system will be of tremendous use to medics and combat lifesavers, and ultimately increase their ability to save lives on the battlefield. The proposed UV disinfection product fits perfectly into existing operations and in their mission of using our talented engineers to design LED lighting solutions that will have a positive effect on people’s lives.
The vision for the company over the next five years is to continue growth in existing markets, while also expanding our product lines into additional markets, particularly the medical space.