Innovator’s Pitch Challenge
NousQ is the inventor of CLiKX, the world’s first handheld robotic device with sensors to treat glue ears. Otitis Media with Effusion (or “glue ears”) is the foremost reason why children visit a doctor. It affects the hearing of millions of children worldwide annually. When conservative treatments do not work, surgery is required to place a tiny ventilation tube to drain the fluid from the middle ear. Given the invasive nature of the current surgery, an operating theatre, general anaesthesia and a large non-portable surgical microscope is needed. With CLiKX, we are able to move the surgery out of the operating theatre into the clinic using local anaesthesia and without the large surgical microscope. This drastically reduces treatment time, procedure costs and the long waiting time for surgery. The total addressable market for such a surgery is estimated to be about 54 million per annum globally.