ニーズの概略

サントリーグループで基礎研究を手がけるサントリーグローバルイノベーションセンターが、時間経過と共に体重負荷のかかる運動のような、運動前後のある特定部位の筋肉(例えば、大腿筋)のエネルギー消費料を計測できる技術を探しています。依頼主は、この要件に合致する計測機器(プロトタイプを含む)を開発元が購入したいと考えています。


制約:

  • ひとに適用可能なこと
  • 計測手法は非侵襲もしくは最低限の侵襲性(例えば、唾液や呼気、血液・尿のサンプリングんど)であること
  • 身体の特定部位の筋肉のエネルギー消費量の経時変化を評価できること
  • 少なくとも動作するプロトタイプがあること
  • 日本国内の人臨床試験に使用できること対象となる計測技術は、人体で検証できることが望ましいです。例え現段階では人体での実証が難しくても、上記の制約を満たしている技術であれば評価対象となります。

想定される技術領域:

  • 医療機器、ヘルスケア機器
  • 赤外線や超音波などを使った計測技術

技術の適用先:

  • ヘルスケア分野における人体での臨床試験

SEEKING: TECHNOLOGY TO MEASURE ACTIVE ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN MUSCLE

Overview:

Today, technology that can measure whole body energy consumption along with muscle activity exists. The principle of such technology is to measure RER (respiratory exchange ratio) in exhaled gas, but the technology cannot measure site-specific (e.g. forearm or thigh) energy consumption.

The Suntory Global Innovation Center, which is in charge of basic research at the Suntory Group, is looking for technology that can measure energy consumption at specific sites (for example, active muscles in the thigh) before and after activities such as weight-bearing exercise over time.

They would like to purchase such equipment (including prototypes) from the organization developing such measurement equipment.

Restrictions:

  • The technology should be applicable for humans.
  • The methods should be non-invasive or minimally invasive (e.g. sampling of saliva, exhaled breath, blood or urine)
  • The solutions should be able to evaluate the amount of active energy consumption in the muscle of the specific part of the body over time.
  • Prototype (or something similar) required
  • The equipment can be used for human clinical trials in Japan

It is desirable that the measurement technology be verified by human testing.  However, even without such testing, if the technology meets the above restrictions, the proposal will be considered for evaluation.

Possible solution areas:

  • Medical and healthcare equipment
  • Measurement technology using near infrared rays, ultrasonic waves, etc.

Field of use and intended applications:

  • Human clinical trials in the healthcare field, etc.