Surgeons in the Germans Trias Hospital are awarded a Llavor grant to commercialize a new surgical device

- Campus Can Ruti, Investigación

The project Mechanical atraumatic microvascular sutures has been awarded a Llavor grant (Seed Grant) by the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR). This research project is led by Dr M Carmen Higueras Suñé, Head of the Plastic Surgery Service at the Germans Trias Hospital, and the scientist responsible for the commercial development of the device is Dr David Priego, a specialist surgeon in the same department in the hospital.

The group detected the need for a better way to join severed arterial vessels during surgeries as the current methods have certain limitations. Such sutures are required in a wide range of operations carried out in hospitals everywhere.

The Llavor grants provide funding for research groups who are preparing to bring their product to market, they are complimented by the Product grants, both administered by AGAUR for the Catalan Ministry of Industry and Knowledge (Secretaria d'Universitats i Recerca, Departament Empresa i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya). Both programmes are financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

Details of the funding

  • Project title: Sutura microvascular mecànica i atraumàtica / Mechanical atraumatic microvascular sutures
  • Funding body: AGAUR
  • Code: IU68-009942
  • Starting Date: 7 May 2019