Ultrasound for Drug Delivery in Eye Care

HKUST
Overview

An alternative method of non-invasive drug delivery using ultrasound, enhancing the diffusion of medication through the eye tissues without damaging them.

  • Ultrasound for Drug Delivery in Eye Care
Commercialisation opportunities
Investment in startup
Problem addressed

Patients who suffer from diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration would usually be treated with intravitreal eye injections — a procedure to deliver drugs directly to the eye using a thin, tiny needle. This invasive treatment involves a certain degree of risk and the scary-looking procedure is surely not for the fainted heart.

Innovation
  • Non-invasive medical ultrasound platform technology
Key impact
  • Needleless drug administration
  • Help drug molecules permeate into the eye
Award
  • Medtech Innovator Asia-Pacific 2021 Grand Prize Award
  • Cambridge Consultants Product Development Award - 2021
  • 45th International Exhibition of Invention Geneva - Prize of the State of Geneva; Prize of ULBS Romania - 2017
  • IET Innovation Award - 2016 Winner (Healthcare)
  • Google We Solve for X - Moonshot Project
  • Deloitte Raising Star Award - 2017
  • Rice Business Plan Competition - 2015 Top 6 Semi-finalist
  • TiE International Business Plan Competition - 2015 Winner (Hong Kong & Asia); Asia Rising Star Award
Application
  • Non-invasive medical ultrasound platform technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (https://hkust.edu.hk/) is a world-class research intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science. HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. Over 80% of our research work were rated “Internationally excellent” or “world leading” in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. We were ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2022, and our graduates were ranked 23rd worldwide and among the best from universities from Asia in Global University Employability Survey 2021.

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