CathBuddy Goes Full Steam Ahead with Catheter Innovation


CathBuddy is developing a reusable urinary catheter that is designed to improve the standard of care for patients with neurogenic bladder, the name given to a number of urinary conditions in people who lack bladder control. CathBuddy’s modular technology provides an alternative to single-use catheters and includes radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging and a patent-pending sterilization system.

"The FuzeHub funding has greatly accelerated our progress towards a functional engineering prototype of the CathBuddy sterilizer."
Souvik Paul

The Challenge

CathBuddy’s founder and CEO, Souvik Paul, needed assistance with the development of the catheter’s insertion aid and the development of the sterilizer, a critical system component intended for at-home use.

The Solution

CathBuddy pitched at FuzeHub’s 2019 Commercialization Competition and won a $50,000 award. The company used this money to develop a manifold design for a sterilizer that can pump steam directly through the inner lumen of the catheter and insertion aid. CathBuddy also completed a preliminary design for the sterilization tray on which the catheter and insertion aid will be mounted.

Outcomes / The Impact

The FuzeHub project led to the retention of one job and is expected to have further economic impacts as the technology continues to advance.

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