Sanford Health joins agreement to develop infusion system

Drug infusion device more versatile, less expensive

blood clots: Dr. Pat Kelly research team

Sanford Health and Freudenberg Medical have entered into a joint research and development agreement to create a device to treat blood clots and blockages within blood vessels. Freudenberg Medical is a global developer and manufacturer for the medical device industry,

The catheter will infuse medications to exact locations in an artery or vein, helping to restore blood flow.

It was invented by Patrick Kelly, M.D., of Sanford Health Innovations. Kelly is a vascular surgeon with an engineering background who collaborates on innovative ways to solve medical problems. This agreement allows Freudenberg Medical to determine the commercial potential of the device. Once the catheter has been developed, next steps would include early pre-clinical testing and eventual pursuit of a 510K, an FDA review that allows a company to legally market a device in the United States.

“I look at the issues my patients have and the available treatments, and our team is always trying to find a way to improve those treatments. Combining medicine with engineering and a real desire to keep people independent and ambulatory is what drives me every day,” Kelly says. “I look forward to working with Freudenberg Medical to make this idea come to life.”

“There has to be a better, more efficient, less expensive way to treat blood clots and blockages,” Kelly said. “We’re trying to find it.”

Freudenberg Medical is a global partner for the design, development and manufacture of innovative medical devices, components and product solutions. With 11 manufacturing operations and more than 1,500 associates worldwide, Freudenberg Medical offers a wide range of capabilities. Products include high precision silicone and thermoplastic components and tubing, drug coatings, finished devices and subassemblies for minimally invasive, handheld, and catheter-based devices. For information, visit

“As a partner for innovation, we are committed to proactively addressing unmet clinical needs and offering our medical device customers a growing portfolio of finished device, design, and process solutions that improve efficiency and accelerate their time to market,” said Bernie Kaeferlein, Director of Portfolio Management at Freudenberg Medical.  “Collaborating with Dr. Kelly and Sanford Health establishes a strong working relationship for developing much needed new products that improve treatment options and reduce cost of care.”

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