In collaboration with Dr. Grubbs at Caltech, we are developing a new minimally invasive technique to potentially replace routine endourologic techniques to treat urinary stones. Injection of our specialized tagged bubbles will attach to the offending stone/s and with appropriate energy sources will cavitate and fracture the stones. Proof of concept with high speed photography was performed with collaborators at the University of Washington. Patents have been issued (US2013/0123781) and we are in active discussions with various companies to develop a commercial application.
This work has directly lead to a partnership in the start-up company Applaud Medical Inc.
Read more about Dr. Robert Grubbs on his Caltech Profile.