The Translational Research Institute, sovaldi aka TRI Medical, see announced that its ND Infusion Catheter has been used on a human patient for the first time to deliver stem cells into the heart. The procedure was performed at the German Cardiology Center at the University of Frankfurt and took only about fifteen minutes to complete.
The ND Infusion Catheter features a balloon that can work with a wide variety of vessel sizes, forcing the flow of blood to stop while stem cells are delivered. The cells are distributed into multiple tubes within the catheter that spray them out evenly throughout the lumen, all while avoiding physical stresses that can destroy stem cells.
Here’s an animation showing off how the catheter works: