Encouraged by his own experience as a GP and also by local Community Nurses to do something about the Foley - John used a Primary & Community Care Research bursary to investigate the problem and then develop a new design - here being demonstrated in a 'kitchen comparison'
John has an article accepted in the BMJ "Change the catheter!"
Initial UK Patent GB1510497 granted for the Orange catheter design
Joined by business partner Roger Holmes, former M&S CEO, engineer and investor. Set up The Flume Catheter Company Limited. Engineered development of initial prototypes with specialist developers Arrotek Medical. Secured Elizabeth Blackwell 'Proof of Concept' Award, backed by MRC and Wellcome in collaboration with Prof Marcus Drake and Nicola Morris of University of Bristol/ Bristol Urological Institute (BUI)
Additional UK Patent applications made No. 1701027.3. & 1713234.1 Successful Lab Tests conducted by BUI confirm expected operation of catheter and major advantage in time to blockage, more than twice that of the market leader. Grant application submitted to NIHR 'Research for Patient Benefit' scheme to support first-in-patient multi centre clinical trials.
We are in the process of freezing the design and preparing for the full range of independent lab tests of performance to support our application for regulatory/ CE mark approval and clinical trials; the critical steps before bringing the Flume Catheter to a reality for patients - Earliest 2019