spring 2018 e-team program grantees

Stage 1 E-Teams ($5,000)

BackWave Technologies // Northwestern University
BackWave Technologies is developing a non-invasive monitor for home use by patients with mild to moderate heart failure that can detect declining cardiac output, allowing for timely medical intervention.

Burnflex // University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Burnflex is creating a novel burn wound dressing using a film-forming foam that is portable and easy-to-apply, and enables more patient mobility, protects against outside elements, and accelerates healing.

MEANS Database // American University
MEANS (Matching Excess And Need for Stability) has developed an online communications platform that helps food providers and donors maximize the number of hungry people served and minimize food waste nationwide.

MoLabs // Columbia University in the City of New York
MoLabs is inventing a smartphone retinal imaging camera designed to provide early detection of diabetic retinopathy in aging diabetic patients.

OpenGait // North Carolina State University at Raleigh
OpenGait is developing an above-the-knee (AK) prosthesis kit that includes a novel adjustable socket and mechanical knee so that healthcare professionals in low-resource settings can easily fit an amputee, and patients can make size adjustments and repairs to their own prosthesis if needed.

Pivot Agriculture Technologies // University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Pivot Agriculture Technologies (PAT) is creating an automated fertilizer and irrigation application system to help farmers significantly reduce operating costs, minimize production downtime, and eliminate crop losses.

Project Nate // Columbia University in the City of New York
Project Nate is developing a low-cost medical device that provides individually-regulated oxygen delivery to multiple infants at one time in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in low-resource settings.

Pyriscence LLC // University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Pyriscence LLC is developing a medical device that reduces Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) in hospital patients by using reactive oxygen sterilization to prevent bacteria from reaching the bladder.

SafeStep // Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
SafeStep is developing smart insoles that employ multisensory biofeedback to improve the gait stability of individuals with peripheral neuropathy.

Sage Smart Garden, LLC // University of Delaware
Sage Smart Garden, LLC is inventing solar powered sensors and valves that allow gardeners to automatically provide the correct amount of water to plants using the integrated mobile app.

Schnell Optics // University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Schnell Optics is inventing a low-cost microscope accessory that allows pathologists to rapidly screen tissue biopsies, enabling an early diagnosis of breast and prostate cancer.

Sunthetics // New York University
Sunthetics has developed a solar-powered device to use during the chemical input phase of nylon production, helping eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process.

Team HojaHealth // Clemson University
Team HojaHealth is developing a portable monitoring device that allows healthcare professionals to measure patients’ vital signs including blood pressure, blood oxygenation, EKG, and body temperature in even the most rural clinical applications.

Stage 2 E-Teams ($20,000)

AssistENT // Johns Hopkins University
Common treatments for restricted nasal breathing can be invasive, ineffective, or worse, exaccerbate symptoms. AssistENT has developed a comfortable, discreet nasal dilator that is inserted without surgery into obstructed nostrils, instantly opening airways to improve nasal breathing.

BaroStitch // Stanford University
Many endovascular procedures can damage the femoral artery, causing internal bleeding and other health issues for the patient. BaroStitch has created a surgical device that less-invasively sutures the femoral artery access site for high-risk patients who have undergone endovascular procedures.

Collaborative Sense // Oregon State University
Current processes used to measure the adoption and impact of biomass cookstoves are time and resource intensive, inaccurate, and do not provide adequate data. Collaborative Sense developed the FUEL (Fuel, Usage, and Emissions Logger) System to remotely monitor the daily use and fuel consumption of household cooking devices.

CReATE // University of California-San Diego
A large percentage of patients who undergo costly, invasive cardiac resynchronization (CRT) therapy do not benefit from the treatment. CReATE has developed a patent-pending technology that better predicts a patient-specific response to CRT surgery through advanced analysis of patient imaging and EKG data.

Ocella // University of California-San Diego
An emerging class of devices called stretchable electronics lack a power source that are reliable, durable, affordable, and safe. Ocella has developed the first printed, stretchable zinc-silver battery that can conform to complex curvilinear and deformable surfaces to power these new devices.

TX2O // Texas State University
Every year, U.S. oil companies spend $2.5B treating produced water. TX2O developed a patent-pending technology that effectively removes residual oil and dissolved solids from produced water.

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