Centre for Process Innovation Limited (CPI), a UK-based science and technology innovation center, is working alongside ItoM Medical BV and Blumorpho to develop a wearable device to treat children with uncontrolled asthma. CPI will use its expertise in printable electronics in the development of this wearable. The companies aim to change asthma treatment by providing sufferers with the opportunity to take control of the disease and create a better life for themselves and their parents.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children, with many suffering attacks and emergency hospital visits that lead to a decrease in quality of life and a subsequent increase in healthcare costs, reports Printed Electronics World.
CPI will use its its experience in screen printing, attaching technologies for wearable electronics, and support to take products to pilot manufacture.
Itom will use its innovative surface-ElectroMyoGraphy (sEMG) technology, which, when attached to a flexible printed circuit and connected to the patient via a smart vest, is comfortable for the wearer and easy to operate in the home environment.
Blumorpho will support the complex business needs for the legislative requirements and routes into the medical device market, developing a strong value proposition for the device across many EU healthcare systems.
The project is part of the wider SmartEEs program, which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program and aims to support companies with the development of new business ideas using flexible electronics technologies. This is being implemented through a Call for Application Experiments, with SmartEEs selecting and supporting 20 Application Experiments aimed at generating business success stories.
“This is an interesting and exciting project for CPI, bringing together CPI’s conductive printing experience with ItoM Medical’s semi-conductor expertise. The application area is very important and worthwhile, I’m sure it will be welcomed by the parents of children with asthma. The advantage of working through the SmartEEs Project for all parties is that initial demonstrators can be carried out at very low risk. The international collaboration aspect ensures that the end user has access to the most appropriate facilities in Europe,” said Sandy Gunn, Business Development Manager at CPI.
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