BCN MedTech has already participated in more than 100 R&D projects
Below are the descriptions of a few finished and on-going projects.
Electronic AXONs: wireless microstimulators based on electronic rectification of epidermically applied currents
We propose to explore an innovative method for performing electrical stimulation in which the implanted microstimulators will operate as rectifiers of bursts of innocuous high frequency current supplied through skin electrodes shaped as garments. This approach has the potential to reduce the diameter of the implants to one-fifth the diameter of current microstimulators and, more significantly, to allow that most of the implants’ volume consists of materials whose density and flexibility match those of neighbouring living tissues for minimizing invasiveness.
Clinical and virtual examination of patients for holistic and objective description of the osteoarthritis progression mechanisms
The main motivation of this project is to design a predictive and exploratory model that takes into account the 3 main areas implicated in the OA pathology: pain, clinical/morphological patient characteristics and articular defects. Achievement of this goal requires the integration of: (i) cell function models in relation to the physical and mechanical cell environment; (ii) cartilage matrix component quantification models through images obtained with quantitative magnetic resonance; (iii) pain objectification models through clinical, inflammation and articular defects parameters. The expected result is a set of rational relationships between clinical descriptors, biological activity, and physical factors, which calls to coordinate and combine the efforts of clinicians, biologists, and engineers.
High-resolution image-based computational inner ear modelling for surgical planning of cochlear implantation
Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure that aims to overcome hearing loss by direct electrical stimulation of the spiral ganglion cells in the cochlea of the inner ear. The surgical scenario of implantation surgery is very complex. It requires high clinical expertise in order to 1) efficiently access the surgical site, the cochlea, localize nearby critical structures (e.g. facial nerve) and 2) optimize the position of the implantable device (electrode array) inside the cochlea.
We hypothesize that a comprehensive understanding of the shape variability of the middle and inner ear among patients will enable the design improvement of hearing implants, and will be of assistance during surgical planning.
Real-time microwave imaging device for endoscopic explorations and interventions
This project is aimed to valorize and translate research on microwave imaging to the clinic and the industry.
The proposed project involves different stages of the technology pipeline, including knowledge/technology protection, pre-prototype design, initial manufacturing and testing. The proposed device will be a small endoscope head composed by several radio frequency (RF) sensors that will allow to form cross-sectional both anatomical and functional images of the interior of the gastro-intestinal tract as the endoscope travels along it.
CardioFunXion provides a platform for industrial-clinical-academic collaboration and will be an example of future partnerships in more efficient and auditable clinical image interpretation tools. All partners bring specific expertise: either they produce workstations (PHILIPS), use them (IDIBAPS, CHUC) or contribute to algorithms to be incorporated into them (UPF). By organising and accelerating exchange of knowledge, experience and tools between the different actors, CardioFunXion will consolidate sustainable partnerships.
The project will give early-stage researchers (ESRs) the opportunity to be exceptionally well-placed to become key future contributors to the development of advanced imaging techniques for the assessment of cardiovascular disorders, equipping them with multidisciplinary state-of-the-art skills plus awareness and experience in commercial developmen
Computational tools for investigating the morphology and blood flow dynamics after left atrial appendage occlusion interventions in atrial fibrillation patients
The main objective of the COMPILAAO project is to develop advanced computational tools to characterize the 3D morphology and investigate the blood flow dynamics after LAAO interventions to improve our knowledge about the pathophysiological mechanisms involving the LAA and how this is modulated by the intervention.
Computer model derived indices for optimal patient-specific treatment selection and planning in Heart Failure
The primary aim of VP2HF is to bring together image and data processing tools with statistical and integrated biophysical models mainly developed in previous VPH projects, into a single clinical workflow to improve therapy selection and treatment optimisation in HF. The tools will be tested and validated in 200 patients (including 50 historical datasets) across 3 clinical sites, including a prospective clinical study in 50 patients in the last year of the project