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CathBuddy Goes Full Steam Ahead with Catheter Innovation

Description

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
CEO/Founder

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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