“We Developed a Coating Technology to Eliminate Substance Attachment on Endoscope Surgery Lenses”


Lynk Solutec, a startup specializing in cutting-edge medical solutions, has recently undertaken research into an innovative coating technology designed to proactively prevent the attachment of various substances to lenses used in endoscopic surgeries. Established by Lee Yeon-Taek (28), who collaborated closely with medical professionals at the Bio-Surface and Sensor Systems Laboratory, the company is targeting the persistent issues encountered during endoscopic procedures.

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[Lee Yeon-Taek, Co-CEO of Lynk Solutec (Yonsei University Graduate, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Class of 2018)]

Throughout endoscopic surgeries, lenses frequently become obstructed due to factors such as patient respiration and bleeding resulting from tissue resection. Conventional methods to alleviate these problems involve integrating saline solution injection devices with the endoscope or utilizing anti-fog agents. Nevertheless, these approaches have limitations, including the potential inhalation of saline solution during airway surgeries and the inability of anti-fog agents to prevent blood adhesion.

In response, the founder of Lynksolutec embarked on a research endeavor to create a novel solution that fundamentally prevents the attachment of substances, thereby addressing lens obstructions. The outcome was the development of a nano-thin film coating with the capability to prevent the adhesion of various substances. The startup is currently in the process of producing a prototype of this technology in a user-friendly cap form suitable for endoscopic applications.

Lynk Solutec’s competitive edge is derived from its strong connection to real-world demands. With a team proficient in research and development, production, and clinical verification, the company is well-equipped to compete effectively. Notably, this collaboration includes the involvement of Kwon Hyuk-Ho, a researcher from precision injection molding company D-PharmTech, responsible for endoscope cap production, and Professor Seo Jung-Mok from Yonsei University, responsible for research and development.

The active participation of medical professionals in the startup’s research and development adds to its market potential. The founder stated, “Products related to medical devices prioritize safety and reliability due to their nature. This leads to the continued use of conventional methods and products.” Additionally, Lynk Solutec intends to collaborate with advanced hospitals that have been engaged since the early stages of development and then expand its target market to include private hospitals.

One of the challenges faced by the founder post-launch was the lack of expertise in areas such as accounting and legal matters. Notably, the mentoring provided by Yonsei University’s Startup Support Center significantly benefited the company, particularly in areas such as tax-related legal knowledge. Lynk Solutec’s potential has been recognized through its selection for the Preliminary Startup Package and Leading University Projects for Laboratory Startups.

Looking ahead, Lee Yeon-Taek envisions broadening the applications of the nano-thin film coating through further research and development. He highlighted that Lynksolutec’s coating technology can inhibit not only fogging and blood adhesion but also the attachment of proteins and bacteria, making it applicable to various medical devices such as prosthetics coatings and blood collection tubes. He expressed the company’s aspiration, saying, “Our aim is to provide both medical professionals and patients with an enhanced healthcare environment by offering products that facilitate safe and efficient surgeries.”

[Source: Hankyung Job N Joy, Reporter Jo Soo-Bin]