GEKO is a discrete, wearable device designed to adhere to the skin. Its OnPulse nerve stimulation technology is in use in hospitals to aid in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis. NIHR Enteric HTC assisted in setting up trials of the device in view of its potential for commercial development and cost savings for the NHS and to explore opportunities for the broadening of its clinical applications. The device was commercialised by Firstkind Medical, a UK SME.
In addition, funding has been obtained for a multi-centre trial to determine the feasibility for the ambulatory GEKO technology in treating faecal continence disorders. This is being led by Ms. Kathryn Gill, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, our clinical partner in Birmingham.