Direct Cellular Oximetry for Monitoring Patient Health


Are there any publications that showcase the technology?


“Muscle oxygenation as an early predictor of shock severity in trauma patients” is a Harborview Medical Center IRB-approved clinical study on critically ill patients that has been accepted for publication in the journal Shock. Upon publication, copies will be available by request:


Lorilee S. L. Arakaki, Ph.D.

Dept. of Pediatrics

University of Washington

Box 356320

Seattle, WA 98195

Office 206-543-3373

Fax 206-543-3184




Will this device need a PMA or 510k?


Opticyte received a regulatory opinion from Drug and Device Development Co., Inc. in October 2015. In that opinion, Ms. Feldman anticipated that the cell oximeter would be a Class II device, likely with a medical device 510(K) application submitted for review to the Cardiovascular Device Branch of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the FDA. Her opinion was based on the fact that the Company’s oximeter technology has a known intended use and indication for use, and the availability of predicate device summaries for guidance on the data that will be required for a 510(K) submission.



Does Opticyte have regulatory (FDA, CE) clearance or approvals?


Opticyte has not filed for FDA 510(K) clearance or CE certification.



Is Opticyte actively selling products?


Opticyte is currently working on the design and development of the product and has not started selling activities.



Is there patent protection for the device?


Opticyte completed an exclusive license agreement with the University of Washington for development and commercialization of its cell oximeter technology on September 1, 2016. The IP encompassed in that agreement (patent 9,591,999) will protect features of the device that distinguish it from competitors: a unique system of light illumination onto the surface of the skin, an algorithm process steps, and the initial design concept for the OHP™ disposable, noninvasive sensor.



Has there been grant funding attained for developing and testing this technology?


Drs. Schenkman and Arakaki have received over $3M in grants to pursue novel cellular oximeter technology, and during the past six years have accelerated applied research efforts resulting in the CellSat™LP.  The sources include of this funding include NIH, Coulter Foundation, WA Life Sciences Discovery Fund, NIH STTR Phase I, SBIR Phase II, CoMotion Innovation, and Medic One.



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