Endoscopic Mucosal Resection Device
Boston Scientific’s (BSC’s) mission is to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. BSC continues to develop endoscopic devices used by physicians worldwide to treat patients with a variety of conditions. For example, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a minimally invasive treatment option used to remove potentially cancerous tissues from the upper gastrointestinal tract. BSC’s Captivator™ EMR Device is designed for ligation-assisted EMR. In this procedure, a protruding lesion is pulled into the device using suction, a band is deployed at the base of the lesion, and the lesion is cauterized. The goal of the Boston Scientific SCOPE project was to explore alternate designs for mounting an EMR cap to an endoscope. This year, the team gained a thorough understanding of the EMR procedure and the current Captivator™ design, went through an open-ended ideation process to envision new designs, and prototyped and iterated on those designs to finally make recommendations to BSC.