2. TTP Ventus: The ideal pump for breath biopsy
TTP Ventus (Melbourn, U.K.) has an unusual micropump that’s enabling such innovations as Owlstone Medical‘s breath biopsy technology, which is designed to detect early lung or bowel cancers through volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The Technology Partnership spun out TTP Ventus to help commercialize the second generation of its signature product Disc Pump.
The pump is a portable, light-weight disc featuring ultra-low pulsatility for smooth flow with millisecond response times to set-point changes. Rather than changing the volume of a chamber, the micropump excites a high-frequency acoustic standing wave in a fixed-volume cavity. It offers silent operation and flexibility to meet product needs for wearables.
The Disc Pump is a great example of the medical device industry taking advantage of technologies initially developed for other markets. The Disc Pump technology was initially developed to address a need in the micro fuel cell market, but it now has proven applications in sectors including medical devices, healthcare and scientific research.