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Medical diagnostic centre is looking for ways to make the waste flow of blood samples more sustainable.

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20210423001
Publication Date: 23 April 2021

Summary

A Dutch medical diagnostic centre is looking for ways to make the waste flow consisting of plastic tubes, rubber / plastic sealing material, labels, buffer fluid and human material (blood and other fluids) more sustainable.
Cooperation is envisaged within the frame of a technical cooperation agreement. Other types of agreement may be considered. 
This request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open innovation platform.

Description

A Dutch medical diagnostic centre with several laboratories in the North-Western part of the Netherlands is facing with a significant waste flow of blood samples.
Every day the company processes more than 10,000 tubes of blood for diagnostic examination at the request of general practitioners, obstetricians, institutions, hospitals and other health care providers.
The current blood sample waste stream consists of several components: plastic tubes, rubber / plastic sealing material, labels, buffer fluid and human material (blood and other fluids). Due to the human material component, the entire waste flow in further processing is seen as medical waste, which makes reuse of the waste flow impossible. For the centre, this involves more than 2.5 million blood samples on an annual basis.
The treatment of medical waste is subject to specific regulations and ethical considerations play a role. In addition, some labels contain privacy-sensitive data.
As a diagnostic laboratory, the company is strongly focused on the patient, the care process and the analytical quality of its tests. They lack the practical tools with which they can make their processes more sustainable with regard to their waste flows.

Where do you fit in?
The joint (further) development of one or more concepts to make the waste flow of the blood samples more sustainable.
Setting up a collaboration to bring these concepts to the (industrial) market as prototypes. The company can - but not necessarily - fulfill the role of integrator in this.
The company is considering a partnership in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement. Other types of agreement may be considered.

What's in it for you?
The possibility to contribute to making laboratory diagnostics more sustainable. And an interesting network.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform until June 7th 2021. If an organisation does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SME's that will be invited for further contact to discuss cooperation possibilities aimed at the development of a solution . Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
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Expertise sought

The company is looking for the following expertise: 
• Process technology.
• Chemistry.
• Waste processing.
• Recycling.

Requested partner

Type of partner:  
Organisations with creativity, preferably with experience in the treatment of medical waste and expertise in process technology, chemistry, waste processing and recycling.

Role of partner:
The role of the partner would be to jointly develop one or more concepts to make the waste flow of the blood samples more sustainable and to bring these concepts to the (industrial) market as prototypes.

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