Mechanics play a key role in our everyday life. Soft tissues, as the skin, constantly touch, feel, and interact with our environment. Characterization of the tissue as a material thereby opens promising chances in improving life.
Motivated by this, the project started in 2016 with the development of the first research prototype. Two successful trials followed shortly after, showing the safety and efficacy of this device. Further, they proved the ability of mechanical characterization on early detection of skin fibrosis and longitudinal monitoring of scar formation after burns.
The project then took off with support of the ETH Zürich Pioneer Fellowship in 2021, a Innosuisse research grant in 2022 and the BRIDGE Proof of Concept in 2023.
Merging mechanics and medicine
The aspiration technique is a reliable, easy to understand and non-invasive technique allowing to characterize the mechanical properties of soft materials and tissues. With the NIMBLE we designed a user friendly and reliable product. It offers the chance to merge knowledge of mechanics and medicine to further advance in healthcare, patient specific treatment and cosmetics.
The experimental and numerical expertise of our team offers a variety of services
The NIMBLE has been used successfully in several clinical trials to characterize changes in the mechanics of skin. Get in touch for further information to use it as an objective outcome for clinical trials and longitudinal monitoring.
The versatile and easy design of the NIMBLE offers new chances to access unreachable location. Contact us for information to use the NIMBLE to assess treatment effects on skin elasticity.
Our computational expertise on the field of multiphasic modeling of soft tissue, offers the possibility to characterize interaction of devices with skin and analyze experimental results of clinical trials.