A major medical equipment manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, seeks technology for accommodating a cylinder with a diameter of 16 mm in a tube with a diameter of 4 mm in order to develop a new catheter.
In addition, since the client aims to apply this material to medical equipment inside an organism, the proposed material is required to work at room-temperature and have biocompatibility.
The client has already manufactured and sold catheters based on metal stent and metal wire mesh. They, however, aim to realize further smaller diameter catheters by using material with a thinner thickness, stronger holding power and reversible elasticity. The client believes that a promising solution to develop a new smaller catheter would be stimuli-responsive materials, which have been researched and developed globally in the fields of medical instruments, biomaterials, parts for electronic equipment, etc. Therefore, believing that relevant solutions that may fulfill their needs may exist in the global community, the client has issued this open request to accelerate their development.