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Doing Business As Name:ALTYX SURGICAL, INC.
  • Ghazaleh Rostami Nia
  • (405) 326-8143
  • Roger Goldberg
Award Date:07/29/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 256,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 256,000
  • FY 2021=$256,000
Start Date:08/01/2021
End Date:01/31/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:STTR Phase I: A mesh-free, sling-free, minimally invasive treatment for stress urinary incontinence in women
Federal Award ID Number:2127552
DUNS ID:096468824
Program:STTR Phase I
Program Officer:
  • Edward Chinchoy
  • (703) 292-7103

Awardee Location

Street:2717 LINCOLN ST
Awardee Cong. District:

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:university of Pittsburgh
Street:3700 O’Hara Street
Cong. District:18

Abstract at Time of Award

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase I project is to advance a new women's health device to address stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The estimated lifetime risk of urinary incontinence surgery in women is 20% by age 80, with 41.3 million women estimated to suffer from urinary incontinence by 2050. The associated market had an estimated value of $1.6 billion in 2018, with projections to reach $2.3 billion by 2026. The proposed device addresses this need and improves clinical outcomes. This Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Phase I project aims to demonstrate the mechanical feasibility of a non-mesh surgical device by developing the first viable prototype and iterating elements of the device design based on mechanical tests (strength, stiffness, and durability) of each of the device’s components (i.e., the elastic band, the tissue anchor, and the bone anchor) and the device as a whole. The technical objectives include using computational simulations to assess the material stiffness and optimize placement, preparing and testing materials, and ensuring strength and longevity of the assembled device. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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