Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Troy Drewry

Second Advisor

Thomas Werfel

Third Advisor

Dana Nikki Reinemann

Relational Format



As populations continue to age, their need for medical care continues to rise. This is seen by the large need for implanted vascular devices (IVADs). IVADs are essential for individuals with poor venous access and patients requiring long-term venous delivered drugs. This document will explore the existing IVADs, where they fall short, and where our device, the IrisPort system, works to solve the unmet needs of patients. The IrisPort system is a needle-less port system that allows for repeated venous access without the use of a non-coring needle. Prior art searches have shown that the IrisPort is a novel solution as it does not require a needle for access. The IrisPort system will follow the FDA regulatory pathways, by citing several predicate devices, and will be considered a Class II device. Following these necessary validation steps, the IrisPort will provide patients with a better quality of life due to its smaller dimensions and needless nature, whilst meeting necessary flowrate, pressure, and radiological requirements.

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