TechConnect Innovation Program

Design of a Miniature Medical Oxygen Concentrator

Lehigh University, PA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A miniature medical oxygen concentrator was designed based on a novel, single-bed, 4-step Rapid Pressure Swing Adsorption Process for continuous supply of 90% O2 from ambient air. The Lehigh patented design requires 50% of the adsorbent inventory in a typical commercial-unit and also lowers the power consumption by 10%.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Miniaturization of Medical Oxygen Concentrator improves the portability and reduces energy requirements of the device and hence the mobility and comfortability of the patient. Continuous supply of oxygen ensures patient safety and improves the quality of life of COPD patients. A plug-in option provides opportunity for virtually unlimited time of use in some situations where compressed air is available.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 531

Website: http://www.lehigh.edu/~incheme/faculty/kothare.html

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: 1. An NSF I-Corps grant (Award number # 1402128, 2014) was received to facilitate commercial contacts and commercialization procedure.

2. Another NSF PFI: AIR-TT grant (Award number # 1444963, 2014) was received for the prototype design and further development of the technology for miniaturization of medical oxygen concentrators (MOCs).

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners