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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Colector de células tumorales

Initial date

01 Jan 2008

End date

01 Jan 2011


3 years



The project

Obtaining glial tumour samples used to always be a manual procedure in which the surgeon biopsied the tumour using forceps, then stored the sample of biopsied material in a container for subsequent analysis by the pathologist. While that continues to be the standard procedure for glial tumors, for the non-glial there are devices that facilitate sample collection such as a cystoscope and suction needles.  

In 2008, a doctor at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and VecMedical jointly developed a tumour cell collector, a medical device capable of being fitted to a surgical aspirator and collecting all the tumour material aspirated during surgical interventions, separating it from other aspirated fluids.

The tumour collector has a sealing system to store the tumour safely until it is released for analysis by the pathologist.

Current status

  • Patented (2008 application).
  • Patent licenced to Janus Development in 2011.
  • Marketed since 2011.


Internal innovation (Dr. Ioannis Roussos, surgeon from the Neurosurgery Department).