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Tetina para administrar medicamentos a niños

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20160707001
Publicado:
13/07/2016
Caducidad:
13/07/2017
Resumen:
Una fundación española de investigación biomédica sin ánimo de lucro ha desarrollado una nueva tetina que puede utilizarse en biberones estándar para administrar medicamentos. El producto permite administrar medicamentos de forma controlada, sabiendo exactamente la cantidad que el niño ha ingerido y controlando la velocidad de administración. La fundación busca empresas especializadas en dispositivos para alimentación infantil interesadas en establecer acuerdos de licencia y cooperación técnica para adaptar la tecnología a los requisitos específicos del mercado.

Details

Tittle:
Medication dispensing nipple for infants
Summary:
A Spanish non-profit research biomedical foundation has developed a novel dispensing nipple, applicable to standard baby bottles, for the administration of medication to infants. This device enables the administration in a controlled manner, knowing exactly the amount that the infant has swallowed and controlling the rate of drug delivery. The foundation is looking for companies ofl devices for infant feeding, interested in license and/or technical collaboration agreement for its exploitation.
Description:
The administration of medication to children especially younger than two years old is a hard task to parents and paediatricians, because infants do not yet understand that medications should be taken to recover from conditions or diseases that afflict them.
In addition, although the drugs specifically aimed at infants have relatively pleasant taste, usually they reject them if medication is directly supplied into the mouth, often spitting or spewing it. This creates a stress relationship between the child and the person responsible for medication being sometimes impossible the administration.
According to the age of children, camouflage techniques are generally tried by mixing the drug with food they like and which have a dominant taste over the drug. With a camouflage technique, the medication can be administered using the baby bottle or with a small spoon, but infants usually recognize the taste quickly, despite having mix, and this means that in many cases, they do not finish taking the medication.
Therefore, another problem is that it is impossible to know the exact amount of medication taken by the infant: you can not know accurately if an additional dosage of medication is necessary or not to get the dose established by the paediatrician, with the risk associated of over-dosing or under-dosing.
The biomedical research group has developed a dispensing nipple applicable to standard baby bottles, which enables the administration of medication to infants in a controlled manner, allowing reliably quantify the amount of medication that the baby has swallowed.
This dispensing nipple allows controlling not only the rate of drug delivery, but also the quantity dispensed to the infant. Thus, if the infant stops taking the contents of the feeding bottle due to the taste of the medication, or for any other reason, the person responsible of feeding knows exactly how much remains to be supplied. Then, it also represents an improved camouflage technique that avoids medication dispensing problems and reduces stress that the administration produces both the child and the adult.
On the other hand, the design of the dispensing nipple allows exploit the suction flow caused by the infant because medication and food are swallowed at the same time, increasing the probabilities of an effective administration and reducing the possible rejection.
Finally, the use of standard feeding bottles is an additional advantage because they can be replaced easily and, if the dispensing is for a short period of time, there is no need necessary to buy all the accessories for the administration of medication, just only the dispensing nipple.
The foundation is seeking companies from the industry of medical devices for child care and more specifically, within the field of devices for infant feeding by fluids administration with nipples attached to feeding bottles, in order to manufacture and commercialize the technology. License agreement and/or technical cooperation is sought to adapt this device to the specific requirement of the market.
Advantages and Innovations:
Advantages:

- high versatility, since it can be used with any standard syringe and feeding bottle.
- allows to quantify reliably the amount of medication that the baby has swallowed.
- results in a better camouflage technique.
- reduces the risk associated of over-dosing or under-dosing regarding to the dose established by the paediatrician.
- high efficiency, by exploiting the suction flow caused by the infant.
- reduces the stress between the infant and the person responsible for medication.
- allows to control the rate of drug delivery and to know exactly how much remains to be supplied.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Other
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Utility Model granted in September 2015 by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The foundation is looking for manufacturing companies in the field of devices for child care, more specifically, within the field of feeding bottles with nipples attached, willing to manufacture and commercialize this technology. License agreement and/or technical cooperation for the development, manufacturing and subsequently commercial exploitation of this technology is sought.
-Type of partner sought: companies.
-Specific area of activity of the partner: health plastics, medical device for child care, feeding bottles manufacturer.
-Task to be performed: licensing and/or joint further developments to adapt the developed technology to the specific requirement of the infant feeding device market.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02007016 Caucho
02007014 Plastics, Polymers
06001021 Productos de un único uso y bienes de consumo
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica