You are here:


Back to overview

Around 30-60% of the patients admitted to the Intensive Care receive mechanical ventilation. Although it is a lifesaving therapy, mechanical ventilation can also lead to injury to the respiratory muscles and the lungs. Mechanical ventilation can cause weakening of the diaphragm, the most important muscle during inspiration, because the patient does not utilize the diaphragm sufficiently. Consequently, a great number of patients experience problems breathing spontaneously after being mechanically ventilated for a long period of time. These complications emphasize the need to accurately and continuously monitor the function of the diaphragm and the lungs during Intensive Care admission.

Current techniques usually measure outside the body. However, it is necessary to assess what the patient is doing (breathing effort) and what the patient needs (support), to prevent unnecessary damage to the lungs and the respiratory muscles. The catheter developed by PulmoTech, an innovative small tube with special sensors, is inserted via the nose or mouth into the esophagus, allowing the possibility to accurately measure the function of the respiratory muscles and the lungs inside the body. This enables additional diagnostic possibilities, individualizing mechanical ventilation, to ensure patients can breath spontaneously as soon as possible.

Pulmotech belongs to the fund:

Carduso Capital B.V.">

Carduso Capital participates in technology companies that are preferably based on the know-how represented in and originating from the Groningen science cluster in and around the University of Groningen (RUG) and the ...

View all the funds from the IFG

Cottonwood Technology Fund is an early stage fund that invests in deeptech/hard science startups with patented disruptiv...


CapitalT is a (pre-)seed fund that invests in companies which use AI to solve real world problems in climate tech, educa...