Generating Fluid Power for Medical Applications

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Researchers affiliated with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Minnesota,  spent 11 weeks meeting with clinicians, hospital administrators, and industry experts to explore a novel approach to generating fluid power for medical applications.



The team focused on using fluid-power technology to provide patients with a less-painful experience during a colonoscopy. Less pain during this important procedure will likely induce more people to undergo colonoscopies, resulting in lower risks of cancer and more lives saved.

A Vanderbilt team participated in the NSF I-Corps 2013 fall cohort to showcase the concept, which involves disposable CO2 inflation systems. The concept reduces pain and was designed by the team based on customer feedback. The team, composed of Principal Investigator Pietro Valdastri, Business Mentor Rigved Joshi, and Entrepreneurial Lead Byron Smith, is excited about the market opportunity presented by the concept. Byron Smith has founded a new company, EndoInSight LLC, to pursue commercialization of the product concept (see figure).