Unique Antimicrobial Catheter to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Period of Performance: 09/01/2017 - 08/31/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CARY, NC 27513
Principal Investigator


The goal of this Phase II effort is bring to market a unique antimicrobial catheter to reduce the instances of the most prevalent healthcare associated infection, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI). This research and development effort will be to develop a urinary catheter with inherent long lasting antiseptic properties to protect the patient and prevent infection. We have begun the discussions with the FDA and have a clear path of the requirements to complete the regulatory approval process. The proposed device is a new approach to antimicrobial catheters. It will use common Foley catheter designs and materials, with the addition of an additive to the elastomer to render the catheter antimicrobial. The additive replaces the silica reinforcing filler in the elastomer and is designed to give a long lasting time release of antibacterial agent to the catheter surface. The catheter can be manufactured inexpensively with standard medical tubing manufacturing processes and materials, but will have the value-added property of antimicrobial activity. A durable and effective antimicrobial catheter that can prevent or reduce CAUTI will save millions of dollars in healthcare cost and thousands of lives annually.