Medici Medical Technologies Profile

Medici Medical Technologies

Duke University

Medici develops innovative devices to restore control to women suffering from urinary incontinence (UI). Twenty-eight million Americans suffer from UI, and most see little improvement in their conditions despite $20 billion spent annually on this problem. The Medici solution is a convenient, non-invasive device that is simple to use and effectively prevents embarrassing leakage. Medici’s device in development is a simple means for patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) to control leakage arising from episodic stress. Such stress events are short in duration and exert high-pressure on the abdomen, such as from coughing, sneezing or exercising.

The Medici device resembles a self-catheter and comprises a series of physiologically controlled valves that achieve control by opening under low pressure from the bladder and by closing in response to the short, high-pressure bursts associated with SUI. Convenience is another key benefit, since the Medici device will be replaced weekly by the patient at home, greatly improving upon current treatments that require multiple replacements daily, often in public restrooms.

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