The device will be used in Sona’s development of Targeted Hyperthermia Therapy to transfer energy by way of infrared light to Sona’s proprietary, biocompatible gold nanorods in cancerous tumours which will then convert the light energy into heat. The light device is being designed to fit in the auxiliary channel of the sigmoidoscopes and colonoscopes used by oncology gastroenterologists.
Minnetronix provides medical device design, development, and manufacturing services across several technology specialties including optical devices, with expertise in complex opto-mechanics, illumination system design, optical system integration, power and heat management, and LED and laser system designs.
“Sona Nanotech’s developing Targeted Hyperthermia Therapy will rely on a technologically sophisticated light device that the optics team at Minnetronix has deep experience developing and manufacturing.” said Jeremy Maniak, CEO of Minnetronix.
“Our studies to date have shown the ability of infrared light to heat gold nanorods in vivo when applied to the exterior of cancerous tumours in mice. We’re leveraging Minnetronix’s medical device engineering expertise to evolve our light device to provide infrared light internally, using existing gastroenterology scopes, for our developing colorectal cancer THT therapy,” Sona’s CEO, David Regan, commented.