Washington Patent of the Month – April 2023
OtoNexus Medical Technologies Inc.’ state-of-the-art advanced ultrasound otoscope analyzes the presence and type of effusion so that primary care pediatricians can instantly and accurately assess middle ear infections. This type of information has never been available before without an invasive procedure.
Otitis media, an inner ear infection, can be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, but distinguishing between the two is challenging with current diagnostic tools. This often leads to over-prescription of antibiotics for viral infections, contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The company has recently patented their technology, using non-invasive optical coherence tomography (OCT) to diagnose these inner ear infections.
OtoNexus’ OCT device addresses this issue by providing a non-invasive method to identify the type of fluid adjacent to the tympanic membrane. By coupling a pressure excitation source to the tympanic membrane and illuminating it with a low-coherence optical source, the device can estimate the position of the tympanic membrane in response to the pressure excitation. This allows for the characterization of the tympanic membrane and adjacent fluid, including viscosity and biofilm characteristics.
The evaluation of the tympanic membrane response from the OCT detector data can subsequently be correlated to a particular viscosity or biofilm characteristic, providing an estimate of the likelihood of a treatable bacterial infection. This can lead to more effective treatment plans and reduced antibiotic resistance.
The device is non-invasive and provides a non-destructive method for diagnosing inner ear infections, making it a safer and more accessible option than the invasive myringotomy procedure. Additionally, it can be performed quickly and easily in a doctor’s office or clinic.
Are you developing new technology for an existing application? Did you know your development work could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit and you can receive up to 14% back on your expenses? Even if your development isn’t successful your work may still qualify for R&D credits (i.e. you don’t need to have a patent to qualify). To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.
Who We Are:
Swanson Reed is one of the U.S.’ largest Specialist R&D tax advisory firms. We manage all facets of the R&D tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.
Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE and CPE credits for CPAs. For more information please visit us at www.swansonreed.com/webinars or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative.