bendable catheter moving through a gel

Chinese news item about EDEN2020

June 15, 2016

The Chinese news outlet New China TV aired a feature piece on EDEN2020. Coordinated by Imperial College London, eight partners from European industry and academia will collaborate towards developing a neurosurgical robotic-assisted technology platform for minimally invasive neurosurgical drug delivery. The researchers driving the project found their initial inspiration for a new, flexible catheter system in Nature, thanks to the unique egg-laying channel design of certain woodboring wasps.

Prof Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, who coordinates EDEN2020, noted that “the majority of instruments today rely on rigid straight insertion paths and of course, that limits the choices that a surgeon can make. I think the ability of having a thin and flexible catheter could enable them to look at different, more effective ways to diagnose and treat disease.”

EDEN2020 is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020 and is expected to last until April 2020.

The news item is available on YouTube.