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Unmet Clinical Need

Infants with cleft palate cannot use standard feeding bottles properly due to an opening in the roof of the mouth, which cannot be closed off from the nose. Until corrective surgery, these infants cannot take advantage of their innate sucking reflex, which can have developmental impacts.

Proposed Healthcare Solution

Bottle-feeding device for infants with cleft palate

Development Stage

Prototype Development

Funding Cycle



Eugene Ko, DDS
Shu Yang, PhD
Mingtao Chen

This project is supported in collaboration with the Penn Dental Medicine Center for Innovation and Precision Dentistry.


For more information on this technology, please contact Penn Center for Innovation at pciinfo@pci.upenn.edu