The project OxyPrem was being accelerated at Wyss Zurich from December 2018 to June 2022.
The project, led by Dr. Stefan Kleiser and Alexander Nitsch, developed a medical device to close a gap in the clinical field of premature birth. OxyPrems sensor equipment provides medical teams with continuous high-precision information about brain oxygen levels of preterm-born children. This information can be used in clinical decision-making processes to avoid severe life-long consequences.
During their time at Wyss Zurich, the team received a CE mark for their pilot series and contributed to a clinical trial with 30 customer hospitals from six European countries plus India.
Since its foundation in 2018, the company, headquartered in Zurich, has won multiple awards including Venture Kick Stage III and a SERI-funded EIC Accelerator Grant.
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Preterm birth and its direct consequences are the leading cause of death for children under five years of age worldwide. Fifteen million infants are born prematurely every year, and about one million deaths are associated with prematurity. Societies around the globe are addressing this problem.
OxyPrem 1.4 is a next-generation medical device that monitors brain oxygen levels of preterm infants in real time, using harmless, non-invasive near-infrared light. It continuously measures local oxygenation with the precision and accuracy which are needed to assist in clinical decision-making for these high-risk patients.
OxyPrem is reusable and sturdy, offering a feasible solution even for challenging environments. The team is working towards making the device fully compatible with standard hospital monitors. At Wyss Zurich, OxyPrem was introduced into clinical care on a wider scale; 30 hospitals in six European countries have been using OxyPrem to-date as part of a large-scale multicenter clinical study that is accelerating the medical community’s efforts to make brain oxygen measurement a standard component of clinical care.
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