Since
2018
The Netherlands
Devices for treatment
TRL 4

Challenge

Laryngeal masks are an effective way to ensure oxygen supply during surgery and are becoming standard-of-care. However, in 7.5% of the cases a laryngeal mask is used, an air leak develops during surgery. This causes an insufficient supply of air and an increased aspiration risk for the patient. In those cases, conversion to intubation may be necessary. Intubation is more invasive and causes aadditional physical stress and complications for patients, as well as prolongation of rotation time.

Opportunity

Solution

Anesthesiologist Khaled Rafiqpoor has developed the LarynxLock: a smart and effective device that prevents air leaks from occurring when using a laryngeal mask. By applying upwards pressure to the soft tissue of the bottom of the mouth, the internal anatomical shape is restored and leakage minimized. Patients are provided with sufficient air supply during the surgery and interruption of surgery or intubation is avoided.

Prevents air leaks and subsequent complications during surgery, lowers physical strain on patients and prevents prolongation of rotation time. A smart, cost-effective solution.

Status

Patent pending: 2023830 Ventilation assembly and harness

Meet the team

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Khaled Rafiqpoor

Inventor

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Arno Godding

CEO

Taco van der Feltz (1)

Taco van der Feltz

Venture Partner at NLC

A highly international and networked entrepreneur trained as Medical Doctor and Medical Biologist, he is a visionary strategist conversant within and across disciplines. As Venture Partner, his focus is on building innovative companies and strengthening NLC’s abilities to bring innovations to healthcare.