In November 2004, EatLittle Inc. filed their first patent (in a series of patents) which teaches the art of forming temporary, permeable, controllable pseudobezoars for the non-invasive, long-term sustainable gastric volume reduction in humans. Bezoars, the inspiration for our work, are volume-taking foreign bodies existing in the gastrointestinal tract of mammals, which are usually formed after systematic ingestion of hair (tricho-bezoars), some fruits or vegetables of high and specific fiber content such as persimmons (phyto-bezoars) or as a result of ingestion of substances and objects that cannot easily pass through the sphincters of the gastrointestinal tract (pica). Bezoars formed in the stomach and/or the intestines have been known to induce early satiety (Charalabopoulos K et al., 2006* ).
Based on its proprietary technology, EatLittle Inc. has completed the development of its first product, EatLittle™, which is a temporary, permeable and controllable pseudobezoar for non-invasive, long-term sustainable gastric volume reduction in humans. EatLittle™ is to fill the gap between the diets and pharmacological treatments, represented in the figure below to the left, and the surgical treatments, represented in the figure below to the right, comprising the advantages of both.
Projection of different dietary treatments (property of EatLittle Inc.)
* Charalabopoulos K et al., Phyto- and tricho-bezoars as foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract, International Journal of Clinical Practice, pp. 1741-42, 2006