Repairing a damaged esophagus (organ providing food to the stomach)
One Minute Pitch at Rice University
Smart biomaterials for regenerating damaged organs
How Does the Innovation work?
We are developing an implantable, bioresorbable medical device to functionally regenerate a damaged esophagus within the body. Our device will treat those suffering from severe GERD/ advanced Barrett's Esophagus (chronic regurgitation of stomach acid), esophageal cancer and in pediatrics where birth defects of the esophagus and poisonous ingestions are fatal addressing the $20 billion U.S. annual market. Our product improves the standard of care by avoiding surgical reconstruction from the stomach (gastric pull up) and saves over $240,000 per treatment as compared to the standard.
Regenerating a Damaged Esophagus
D&P's device can serve as a platform tech for other indications such as regenerating damaged blood vessels, nerves, muscle, tendons/ligaments, and gastro-intestine. The technology development has been tested in 6 different diseased animal models and has the potential to impact the global regenerative medicine market that is expected to accrue > $100B by mid 2020s.