Fidmi Medical Featured in Israel21c

Easing the discomfort and complications of feeding tubes

By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c (16 January 2017)

Fidmi Medical low-profile feeding device

Components of the low-profile feeding device developed by Fidmi Medical

Anyone unable to eat food normally receives a feeding tube, a device inserted into the stomach through the abdomen.

Globally, every year more than 1.3 million people need feeding tubes. That translates to 4 million tubes inserted each year because they need to be replaced when they get dislodged or clogged.

Inserting, replacing and removing feeding tubes are unpleasant procedures for patients and time-consuming for nurses.

Israeli pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Ishay Benuri, a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s first BioDesign program, wanted to redesign feeding tubes to be more easily handled, replaced and removed as well as less prone to dislodging.

Fidmi Medical, the company he founded in 2014 with IP from Hadassah tech-transfer company Hadasit, expects its revolutionary feeding tube to receive US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval by mid-2017 and CE approval in Europe sometime later.

Fidmi’s design delivers significant advantages over existing feeding tubes, says CEO Shahar Millis, a mechanical engineer with expertise in medical device R&D and product management.

Read the full article on Israel21c.

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