The project also brings together researchers from the university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering: Dr Derek Covill at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics who is responsible for prototype 3D design and polymer manufacture, and Dr Peter Fearon (PABS) as project mentor for IP protection and business development.
The commercial partners in the project are Jim Rowland of Xiros Ltd, who is project advisor for IP, regulatory process, manufacture and consultation with abdominal surgeons, and Dr Rory Smith of Welland Medical Ltd, who is acting as project advisor for IP, regulatory process distribution and manufacture of accessories.
The ostomy is the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes following abdominal surgery. The development of the new ostomy connection system uses solid and flexible materials based on knit technology to revolutionise the management of stoma - the end of the ureter or small or large bowel that protrudes through the abdominal wall following surgery.
The new device, which is patent pending, offers improved quality of life for ostomy patients of all age groups and offers significant economic benefits associated with adhesive-free stoma accessories.
It is anticipated that other novel features associated with ostomy devices and accessories including pouches, garments and connection mechanisms, will be developed leading to a patent portfolio.
The project is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty collaboration with commercial companies led by Dr Rostislav Shevchenko in the School of Pharmacy and Bimolecular Sciences (PABS), as primary investigator for prototype research and development of the system with Prof Sergey Mikhalosky who is acting as project advisor in material science consultancy.
The project is funded through the university's 2010-11 Business Investment Fund to a total of £15,500.