The patented tool allows access to the transverse foramen contents by partially dissecting the transverse process of the cervical vertebrae. In this way, the effective isolation of the vertebral vessels contained therein is allowed.
In medical, surgical, and veterinary sciences, access to vertebral vessels is a relevant task in academic teaching, practicing forensic medicine and forensic clinical anatomy for judicial purposes, scientific experimentation, and basic research.
An accurate anatomical dissection of the vertebral vessels is currently not easily practicable with the surgical tools available since there are no devoted instruments. These premises necessarily lead to a very high probability of instrumental injury to vertebral vessels, with the consequent medicolegal issues and interpretative dilemmas regarding the pathophysiologic origin of what has been observed.
This surgical tool allows to effectively isolate the vertebral vessels safely and quickly, allowing a more accurate and precise manipulation and analysis.

TRL (Technology Readiness Level)

TRL 4 / 9

Inventors

De
Caro
Raffaele

Boscolo
Berto
Rafael

Macchi
Veronica

Porzionato
Andrea

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PoC@Unipd project

With the aim of supporting the competitiveness of businesses by enhancing industrial properties, the Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) has published a call for the establishment of patent enhancement programs, through funding of Proof of Concept (PoC) projects by Italian Universities, Public Research Institutions (EPR), and Scientific Institutions for Research, Hospital and Healthcare (IRCS).

Purpose of the call is establishing TRL (Technology Readiness Level) enhancement paths for technologies patented during academic research, and create the conditions to turn them into strategic opportunities for the business world.

After careful examination of the project proposals received by the Ministry Evaluation Committee, the University of Padua ranked 4th in the classification, and was authorized to develop 9 PoC projects.

The projects were selected by the University through an internal call and the program took the first steps in February 2021. From that moment on, the PoC Team started to work to validate the relevant technologies. The academic work team has been flanked by an external Expert Committee, comprising top scientific and professional resources (investors and entrepreneurs), capable of providing a respected standpoint on all strategic and planning choices.

UniSMART – Fondazione Università di Padova was tasked with managing the enhancement of the results of 9 projects, through its highly qualified, innovation-oriented staff, in the different PoC project sectors.

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