Position II - ECSEL Joint Undertaking:
As part of the EU Position project, 45 European companies and research institutions are working under the coordination of Philips to establish a distributed pilot line for intelligent catheters and implants. The partners want to realize five demonstrators that point out the innovation potential in existing markets and lay the foundation for the development of new markets.
A research team from Fraunhofer EMFT is developing a cell therapy catheter as part of the project - together with its partners alphaSIP, Ciber, Cicautxo, Philips, Johnson Matthey, Universidad Zaragoza, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fundación Centro de Cirugía de Mínima Invasión Jesús Usón. The developed demonstrator is going to be used for the treatment of the secondary damages of a heart attack; however, the developed technology can be transferred on different disease pictures. The Fraunhofer EMFT micropump is intended to deliver the cell suspension precisely to the affected areas of the heart muscle during surgery.