Published on: 04-9-2018

In their search for innovations for medical applications, a delegation of 18 people from Boston Scientific will visit the Netherlands (Nijmegen) on Wednesday November 14. You will find below an overview of some of the relevant fields of interest from Boston Scientific, with regards to the Open Innovation Day on November 14, 2018 in Nijmegen.

Interested in being present during this visit? Send an email to Barry Peet

Boston Scientific Fields of Interest

Field 1 : Fiber optics

Smart laser technologies (i.e. the following areas : – development of smart fiber optics, integration of Light Source, detectors and spectrometers, OCT technology as well as Auto-fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy ).
Integration of light source, imagers and other sensing technologies in an endoscope like device with the goal to enhance therapeutic visualization and navigation
Rotational fiberoptic device with multiple fibers: A catheter based optical imaging device typically requires a rotatory joint to couple a rotating component to a stationary processor. It works well for a single fiber like OCT. For a more complex device requiring multiple fibers such as all optical ultrasound, we need a technology to allow coupling of light to two or more optical fibers from independent light sources, while still allowing the assembly of fibers to rotate.
Optical Forward scanning in the vascular system

Tom Hasenberg. George Duval, Aiden Flanagan, Wenguang Li, Yingbo Li (Scout)

Field 2 : Fluidics (pressure measurement, pumps , valves )

We are looking for low energy miniature fluid pumps, valves and pressure sensors for long term human implant. Sensor for long-term use in range from 0 to 2.0 PSI and 0-20 PSI These components and the fluid not be in direct contact with body. Isolation between electrics and fluidics is required.
Measure/monitor blood flow or record a blood pressure waveform. 
Vascular pressure sensors for long term applications, hermetic non-conductive sealing : Jeff Stahmann,
Micro fluidics Pumps: targeted ranges: ( 5ml per minute , Pressure : up to 1.7 PSI ), ( 50 ml per minute, Pressure up to 20 PSI )
Microfluidic Valves : targeted leakage of < 500 ul per minute at 0 to 1.7 PSI, Application B: Minimal leakage at < 0 to 20 PSI

  • • These are guidelines only and prospective partners are encouraged to show us their microfluid solutions anywhere near these ranges.

Noel Smith, Keith Maile, Wyatt Stahl, Alex Hermann(Scout)


Field 3 : Miniaturization of electronics and electronic packaging

Electronic packaging specifically embedding silicon Asics and sensors within PCBs/Flex.

Jim Blood, Keith Maile ; Michael Kane; Scott Healy, Crispina Tay(Scout)


Field 4 : Ultrasound technology.

Phased Array Ultrasound systems: A typical BSC ICE catheter such as Ultra ICE Plus uses a mechanically scanned (rotating) single

element ultrasound transducer to produce a circular imaging plane normal to the catheter axis. However, many applications require imaging in a plane parallel to the catheter axis. This is most easily produced using an electronically scanned multiple transducer array. For these applications we need a technology that incorporates the transducer array and electronics to support phase delayed transmitters, individual received signal delays, signal summation and transmission of summed signals
to a host imaging system. :
Forward scanning in the vascular system 

Arnholt Devon, Anming Cai, Jan Weber(Scout)


Field 5 : IoT applied to smart packaging & supply chain management.

Right now the main challenge for obtaining product position and environmental monitoring in a cost effective manner is at the individual unit level. Specifically in the context of the end users facility. There are some companies already that can get us this information for reasonable costs at higher levels (container, pallet, etc.). However, individual unit level management requires unique solutions due to:

  • Cost of tagging every product
  • Individual Hospital Restrictions (including country specific issues)
  • Competing systems i.e. wireless interference
  • Concerns over medical device interactions

Dan Burgess, Frank van Kempen, Frank Moonen, Mark Boden(Scout) 


Field 6 : Systematic firmware development for medical device

The programming challenge of firmware lies on interfacing with changeable front end signal sensing devices on different applications while providing a homogeneous framework that support different set of reusable libraries for domain specific application like FFR, Intra-vascular ultrasound, implantable modulators ( i.e. neuromodulation) We are looking for a software approach that is able to provide a mechanism to integrate all supported peripherals seamlessly with configuration management and not rely on code customization.

Wenguang Li, Jon Rivera; Jonathan Goldstein (Scout)

Participants from Boston Scientific
  1. Jeffrey Stahmann, Sr R&D Fellow, CRM R&D Systems & SW Development , exploratory leader Cardia rhythm management . Arden Hills (AH) , Minnesota
  2. Keith Maile , Sr R&D Fellow, R&D Systems & SW Development, AH , Minnesota
  3. Daniel Burgess, Packaging Engineering Fellow ; Maple grove, Minnesota
  4. George Duval , Principal Engineer Sensors ; Endo ; Marlborough (MA) , Massachusetts
  5. John Rivera : Director R&D firmware development neuromodulation , Valencia, California
  6. Jan Weber : Sr, R&D Fellow & European technology Scout Corporate Research, Netherlands
  7. Mark Boden : Sr Fellow specialist polymer systems , USA technology scout , MA, USA
  8. Jonathan Goldstein Director R&D corporate & Venture capital ; Tel Aviv , Israel
  9. Wenguang Li : Sr R&D Fellow : Imaging group , Fremont, California
  10. Micheal Kane : EE , AH , Minnesota
  11. Michael Keane : Director Process Development, Clonmel Ireland
  12. Noel Smith : Electronics Engineering Fellow; Clonmel , Ireland
  13. Thomas Hasenberg : Sr R&D Fellow Urology , Marlborough, Massachusetts
  14. Arnholt Devon : R&D fellow : Electrophysiology advanced development, AH , Minnesota
  15. Scott Healy : director R&D Cardiac Rhythm management , AH , Minnesota
  16. Frank Moonen : Director process engineering , Kerkrade , Netherlands
  17. Frank van Velden : Technology manager, Kerkrade , Netherlands
  18. Jim Blood : Electrical Engineering fellow : AH , Minnesota
  19. Alexander Hermann : Business Scout : Berlin , Germany
  20. Wyatt Stahl : Product Manager Fellow IC, Arden Hills , Minnesota
  21. Anming Cai, Fellow Imaging systems, Boston, USA
  22. Yingbo Li, Technology scout, Principal Research Scientist : Shanghai, China
  23. Crispina Tay , Technology and Business scout : Singapore


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