Urfree is working to solve the problem of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, particularly in patients with chronic urinary incontinence.

What drew you to the problem you are working to solve in Biodesign?
Sara: During our ward observations, we were struck by the number of patients who were there, not for the reasons of their original admission, but because of infections they developed following hospital treatment. It got us thinking about the types of devices used in such infection-prone areas.

What have you learned/gained from the Biodesign process?
Valentina: I learned that the most important part of the Biodesign process is the identification of an unmet need in the medical field. It will be more successful to have a simple solution that assesses a compelling need than a cool technology that solves a non-existent problem.

What are the next steps for the team/team members after the course?
Ravi: After the course we would continue to work on concept 2 to make it a sustainable life changing solution and also work on developing the the more advanced concept 3.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years’ time from now?
Nathanael: Treading the line between academia and industry. From this course I feel more equipped to deal with commercial partners, understand their needs, and what is at the core of a viable med-tech product.

What would be your advice to someone considering taking the course in 2019?
Ciara: Absolutely apply! Perth Biodesign is such an interactive course where you learn all of the fundaments of medical device innovation, intellectual property, company formation, and you get to form networks with numerous stakeholders across the biomedical and business sectors of Western Australia.

Team members Ciara Duffy, Valentina Tiporlini, Sara Sukudom and Nathanael Yates. Not pictured: Ravikiran Sonawane


Alumni Mentor: Cettina Raccuia

Business Mentor: Helga Mikkelsen

Team Members
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