Short description: 15 mln. babies are born preterm each year, 1 mln. of them die. Premature rupture of the fetal membranes relates to 1/3 of all preterm deliveries. Non-invasive device for amniotic fluid collection from the uterus for testing of infection could be a valuable tool aiming to reduce preterm birth rate.
Market potential: Healthcare costs associated with complications of prematurity exceed $26 billion per year. The market potential of non-invasive device is estimated could to exceed 50mln EUR /year.
Desired result: A medical device prototype which could be tested in a pilot clinical trial.
Information on challenge owner: University Hospital.
Keywords: Gynaecology; Women’s health; Medical devices; Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis; Preterm birth