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Eclipse Accidental Bowel Leakage Device

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More than 20 million women in the U.S. suffer from Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL). This debilitating condition can be caused by pregnancy, childbirth, nerve or muscle damage, and gastrointestinal disorders. ABL is a real medical condition, not just a symptom of aging and women that suffer with it often feel like they have lost control of their lives. Many report fearing a simple trip to work or the grocery store.  ABL makes their daily lives smaller and more confined, they miss out on time with friends and family. Physicians often recommend lifestyle changes as a best line of treatment. If this doesn’t work, invasive procedures that involve injections, surgery or implants are often recommended.  

 

Pelvalon’s founders identified an unmet need for a non-invasive ABL treatment while students of Stanford University’s Biodesign program. They designed the Eclipse System, a new non-surgical option for these women. Pelvalon worked on next-generation versions of the Ellipse with Swope Design – prototypes made from off-the-shelf parts. Then, needing help with usability, industrial and engineering design, they engaged Design Concepts, a full-service product design and innovation firm.  

 

To understand users and set design parameters, Research & Design interviewed study participants and tried Eclipse. Given ABL’s stigma, the team’s design and engineering decisions centered on the user's desire for ease and discretion. They concluded the pump must balance friendliness, femininity, comfort and medical cues. Cosmetics informed brand language and form. The Eclipse’s visual language borrows heavily from cosmetics so it doesn’t stand out from other items found in a purse or medicine cabinet. The Design Concepts team explored form, color, material and finish and identified materials and a manufacturer. Engineers improved usability and reliability and worked to meet FDA guidelines. 

 

With FDA clearance for the next-generation Eclipse System in November 2015, Pelvalon initiated its first phase of commercial launch in select centers of excellence in Alabama, Illinois and California. This early phase of partnership with thought and practice leaders in the field of pelvic floor disorders will ensure a smooth expansion down the road to a full-market launch helping women with ABL get back out in the world with confidence and control. The Eclipse System was recognized with a Gold Award in the Women's Health & Wellbeing category 2016 Edison Awards.  

 

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