Broadcasting from Kia-Ora on 104.1FMTuesday 8 Aug, 2023
Local woman designs medical device to solve feeding tube woesWednesday 19 Oct, 2022
Healthtech startup EzyAid launches crowdfunding campaign to support clinical trial
October 2022: The founders of EzyAid, a revolutionary feeding tube adhesive, are seeking funding support for a clinical trial in the neonatal unit at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, NSW.
EzyAid founders Adam Geosits of Singleton and Jess Hay of Gloucester developed the new feeding tube adhesive after they experienced, first-hand, the difficulties of trying to attach a feeding tube to their baby. Adam and Jess’s son Matty was born with a rare condition called MED-13L Syndrome which meant he had to be tube fed for the first two years of his life.
Jess says, “Matty was always pulling his tube out and the adhesive was just not sticking. We had to constantly change the tape – it was a difficult and traumatic process for everyone, but especially for Matty. Our design is simple to use and is a major improvement on the current feeding tube system that takes multiple pieces of sports tape and two people to install.”
EzyAid, a slimline, transparent feeding tube adhesive that can be applied by one person, has been in development for eight years. After working through two patents, developing a working prototype, undertaking a mini trial evaluation at John Hunter Hospital, and sourcing a manufacturer in America, they have spent $100,000, mostly of their own money.
Jess says, “We won a $30K Beyond Bank grant a few years back, as well as an MVP grant from NSW Government and a smaller Pozible campaign at the start from friends and family but the rest has been funded by us and we have not paid ourselves anything. EzyAid has been driven purely by passion to help other people who are tube fed as our own son is no longer tube fed. The costs have mostly been patent fees, design, and prototype which Design Anthology Newcastle completed and company registration.
“The next stage of the process is to get TGA approval, get the product into a clinical trial at John Hunter Hospital and then step through commercialisation and distribution. This is going to cost upwards of $200K, which is why we are asking for support.
"We are also open to the idea of partnering with a medical company, selling the product or accepting financial assistance from a venture capitalist or philanthropist to get EzyAid to market as soon as possible, and to start helping tube fed people, their families and health professionals” says Jess.
In terms of the medical efficacy of the product, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Justine Parsons, says, “In my role as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Neonatal intensive Care Unit of John Hunter Children’s Hospital, I often review new products on the market. I have been working with Adam and Jess for some time now with regards to the EzyAid tube fixation device, offering clinical expertise and practical ideas.
“It has been wonderful watching the development of the product and seeing the commitment and passion that they have for improving care for infants and children requiring long term tube placement. I wholeheartedly believe that the EzyAid has the potential to be a staple product in healthcare facilities, as well as for use in the community. I am happy to continue to support Jess and Adam as they progress this product through to market.”
In addition to babies that need feeding tubes, EzyAid can also be used for the elderly, cleft palate patients, cancer patients, patients with cardiovascular disease, patients with feeding issues associated with stroke, anorexia, dementia, diabetics, cystic fibrosis sufferers and animals requiring surgery and sedation and many other reasons.
Will you help Jess and Adam get their product to market?
To support the development of this simple but extremely effective piece of medical equipment, please visit https://readyfundgo.com/project/ezyaid/.
Homelessness Week is August 1 - 7 - Day 5Friday 5 Aug, 2022
Homeless Week interview with Amber Galvin of Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group (Day 5) - Listen to the Interview here.
Homelessness Week is August 1 - 7 - Day 4Friday 5 Aug, 2022
Homelessness Week is August 1 - 7 - Day 3Wednesday 3 Aug, 2022
Homeless Week interview with Amber Galvin of Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group (Day 3) - Listen to Interview here.
Homelessness Week is August 1 - 7 - Day 2Monday 1 Aug, 2022
This Week is Homelessness Week - Amber Galvin is the Connections Program Office at Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group and talks about Homelessness (Day 2). Listen here to the interview.