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The Technology Partnership (TTP)

For developing and commercialising a novel micropump based on the physics of non-linear acoustic resonance, piezoelectric materials and fluid dynamics.

In the medical device market there is a broad trend towards smaller, portable devices to improve patient care and to help hospitals minimise overnight stays and readmission rates. This trend is driving demand for smaller, high-performance micropumps.

Traditional motor-driven diaphragm micropumps suffer from disadvantages including size, noise and vibration, making them unsuitable for many emerging applications. TTP developed the Disc Pump micro-compressor technology, which employs an innovative application of acoustic resonance physics to deliver high pressure and flow performance from a small, slim-line pump.

TTP developed and built a production line for the pump and the company is working to bring the technology to market in new application areas. The device is already being utilised in medical therapy products, where its small, noiseless design is helping patients to maintain their mobility and lifestyle during treatment.

The company

The Technology Partnership plc was formed in 1987 and is now an operating company of the TTP Group. Based on Melbourn Science Park near Cambridge, the company employs over 300 people, the majority of whom are scientists and engineers.

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