AventaMed raises €1.3m

Cork company AventaMed, which hopes to greatly simplify the procedure millions of children undergo to have grommets inserted, has raised €1.3 million to run clinical trials on its device.

A grommet – essentially a small plastic tube – is placed in a small incision in the eardrum to relieve pressure and to allow fluid and bacteria to drain from the middle ear. As many as one in 15 children up to the age of seven undergo the procedure, which at the moment takes place under general anaesthetic.

Read more: The Irish Times