VIPUN Medical

Innovative medical technology for gastro-intestinal use and management of medical nutrition

We develop novel medical devices to support diagnosis and treatment of patients with gastro-intestinal disorders. The ANTERO Gastric Evaluation System supports the diagnosis of gastric motility disorders through direct measurement of gastric contractions. The VIPUN Gastric Monitoring System aims to make it easy for medical staff to make a well-informed and faster nutrition therapy decision thus reducing malnutrition and feeding-related complications.

Medical Need

Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining good health and preventing disease. Adequate nutrition is essential for the proper functioning of the body’s systems and for supporting overall well-being. In healthy individuals, proper nutrition can help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as improve cognitive function and physical performance.

In hospitalized patients, nutrition is equally important, as illness and injury can increase the body’s nutrient needs and lead to malnutrition, which can worsen health outcomes and delay recovery. Proper nutrition in the hospital setting is widely accepted as an integral part of patient care as it can help support the healing process, reduce the risk of complications, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life.

Gastroparesis is a medical condition that affects the stomach’s ability to empty its contents properly. This disorder can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, and abdominal pain. It can be temporary because of medication or a trauma (e.g. ICU patients) or chronic because of damage to the nerves or muscles that control the stomach’s contractions (e.g. diabetic patients).

Enteral feeding intolerance is the inability of the digestive system to properly tolerate and process nutrition delivered through a feeding tube. It can be caused by gastroparesis, has similar symptoms but can also lead to diarrhoea as well as constipation. Enteral feeding intolerance is mainly caused by insufficient digestive capacity due to underlying medical conditions or medication and contributes together with feeding tube positioning problems to the overall incidence of malnutrition which could be as high as 50% in intensive care units.

VIPUN Gastric Monitoring System

The VIPUN Gastric Monitoring System is indicated for nasogastric enteral feeding in patients with or at risk of gastrointestinal motility disorders or enteral feeding intolerance. The VIPUN Gastric Monitoring System provides a Motility Score that can support the medical staff in individualizing nutrition strategy both prior to initiation of and during the administration of medical nutrition.

ANTERO Gastric Evaluation System

The ANTERO Gastric Evaluation System is indicated for the evaluation of gastric motility in (ambulant) patients with upper gastrointestinal symptoms. The presence and frequency of gastric contractions can be used for diagnostic purposes in patients with gastroparesis(-like) symptoms.

The VIPUN and ANTERO catheters are equipped with a balloon which is inflated in the stomach. The dual lumen tube of the VIPUN Catheter provides gastric access allowing aspiration or administration of nutrition directly into the patient’s stomach.

The VIPUN and ANTERO Gastric Monitoring and Evaluation System inflates the balloon and verifies and secures the correct location of the tube in the stomach after initial placement and during use, by measuring the pressure in the inflated balloon.

Variations of the intraballoon pressure, caused by gastric contractions, are used by the VIPUN and ANTERO System to monitor and evaluate gastric motility and supports healthcare professionals in the diagnosis of gastroparesis or enteral feeding intolerance.


Get in touch with our specialists of VIPUN Medical

Nico Van Tichelen
Nico Van TichelenChief Executive Officer
Nico Van Tichelen has over 18 years of experience in clinical research, sales and marketing in the medical device industry. Prior to founding VIPUN Medical he served as European Marketing Manager for Abbott Vascular, a division of Abbott Laboratories. Nico holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Antwerpen.
Pieter Janssen
Pieter JanssenChief Technology Officer
Pieter Janssen has over 20 years of experience in research and development of medication and devices in the field of gastrointestinal (patho)physiology. Prior to founding VIPUN Medical he served as research fellow at the KU Leuven University in Belgium, Associate Director Discovery for Shire in Belgium, Research investigator and group leader at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel Switzerland and Research Fellow at AstraZeneca in Mölndal Sweden. Pieter holds a PhD degree in Health Sciences from the University of Ghent, Belgium.
Carl Van Lierde
Carl Van LierdeVice President Product Development
Carl Van Lierde has over 20 years of experience in medical device and software development. Prior to joining VIPUN Medical he served as R&D Director for Dentsply Sirona in Leuven, Belgium. Carl holds a PhD degree in Engineering Sciences from the University of Leuven.
Nick Goelen
Nick GoelenClinical Project Manager
Nick Goelen has over 5 years of experience in the execution of medical device clinical studies. Nick holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Leuven.

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VIPUN Medical

VIPUN Medical is a privately-owned, KU Leuven spin-off, located in Mechelen, Belgium. We develop a novel method to feed critically ill and other vulnerable patients.