Oxygen, like all gases, is difficult to store efficiently. In the absence of better technology, medical oxygen is a financial and physical burden for patients with respiratory disease, and recreational oxygen use inaccessible. Aeronics developed mediPOD, a portable and convenient oxygen therapy device with a microporous storage container that provides a safe, low-pressure supply of medical oxygen.
Of the 8.6 million U.S. women who rely on birth control pills each year, user error leads to 775,000 of those women becoming pregnant unintentionally, and nearly half of those pregnancies are terminated. Cadence developed a pill case with an integrated hardware/software system that improves oral contraceptive pill adherence and offers guidance on how to proceed when a pill is missed.
The residential insulation industry has seen relatively little innovation since the early 1970's. Most forms of modern insulation are either toxic to the installer and homeowner, lose performance over time, lack fire resistance, or are non-sustainable. DTE Materials' innovation replaces current building insulators with a carbon sequestering natural fiber technology made from hemp plant stalks that can seamlessly replace current commercial and residential insulating materials.
Over 200 million people worldwide are at risk of developing irreversible diseases from drinking groundwater contaminated with high levels of naturally occurring fluoride. Global Water Labs has developed a Scalable and Affordable Fluoride Removal method (SAFR), which uses a mildly-processed bauxite as a dispersive adsorbent to remediate the excess fluoride to proper levels for Indian villagers.
Current methods for breast cancer biopsies utilize expensive single-use devices that are not easily accessible in low-resource healthcare settings. Ithemba has created a novel, sterile-yet-reusable device that enables providers to offer minimally-invasive biopsies at lower cost.
1 out of 5 biopsy procedures are repeated because they do not collect a quality sample to make a diagnosis. MedKairos is automating the cancer biopsy assessment process using a proprietary cartridge, camera, and image processing software package to verify that a sample has enough tissue to make a diagnosis.
Fiber-reinforced composites tend to fracture and delaminate under stress, causing severe mechanical failures during a machine's lifetime. MITO Material Solutions developed a revolutionary nano-filler additive that can toughen fiber-reinforced composites by 100%.
Of all dermatologic conditions, hyperhidrosis has the most dramatic impact on quality of life. palmm has developed a wearable electrical current delivery platform that can be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), specifically for patients suffering from the condition on their hands.
Bearing the direct cost of chemicals and diseases - as well as changing weather patterns - growers need data driven models to provide early disease predictions and agronomic optimizations throughout their grow cycle. Rambuta Analytics provides specific early disease and pest detection, agronomic insights, and yield optimization through hybridizing our mesh sensor network and proprietary non-NDVI multispectral camera in the cloud with our proprietary algorithms.
Energy and aviation engine operators face costly maintenance issues and down-time because current monitoring practices are unreliable at high temperatures. Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc. is developing SmartJet, a patented wireless solution that transmits combustion data in real-time, enabling energy companies, like Duke Energy, to eliminate millions of dollars in annual maintenance costs and gain millions in lost revenue over a fleet of engines.
Rapid and accurate pathogen detection is critical in helping prevent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. Smart Diagnostic Systems has created a technology that can detect and identify up to five pathogens at one time, significantly increasing speed and accuracy as compared to current technology.
There is an untapped clean energy opportunity from ocean waves, but current systems are costly. There is an untapped clean energy opportunity from ocean waves, but currently proposed systems are more costly and capture less energy than our solution.