summer 2017 e-team program grantees

Stage 1 E-Teams ($5,000)

Belltower Medical: Urinary Catheter Solutions // North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Belltower Medical’s technology reduces urinary tract infection rates by improving the urinary catheter to be more clinically effective and reduce the most common causes of UTIs.

Cadence // Stanford University
Cadence provides a system for improving oral contraceptive pill (OCP) adherence, designed to reduce user error and thus decrease the likelihood of unintended pregnancy.

ElectroSan //University of California-Berkeley
ElectroSan uses a two chemical process, electrochemical stripping and ion exchange, to produce nitrogen fertilizers from human urine.

Fantom // California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Fantom builds upon a NASA wing technology to increase the efficiency of HVAC systems, wind turbines, industrial fans, aircraft propellers, and marine propellers.

FUEL Sensor // Oregon State University
The FUEL (Fuel, Usage, and Emissions Logger) System provides accessible and accurate data of biomass cookstoves by remotely monitoring the fuel consumption of household cooking devices.

Ithemba // Johns Hopkins University
Ithemba’s device is a novel sterile-yet-reusable core needle biopsy that enables healthcare providers to offer biopsies at a low cost while minimizing the risk of contamination.

NanoShield Biotix // University of California-Irvine
NanoShield Biotix has developed a “killer texture” that kills germs on contact without using antibiotics or chemicals, an ideal technology for eye care solutions like contact lenses or cataract lenses.

Ocella // University of California – San Diego
Ocella has developed the first printed, stretchable zinc-silver battery to power a new, emerging class of electronic devices that can conform to complex curvilinear and deformable surfaces called stretchable electronics.

Resthetics // University of Houston
Resthetics LLC converts wasted anesthetic gas into a safe renewable resource that can be recycled and sold to manufacturers.

S.A.F.E.- Smart Automatic Foot Exam // Carnegie Mellon University
S.A.F.E. is developing a medical device that detects the development of an onset foot ulcer and monitors its progression in order to significantly reduce hospitalizations, lower direct/indirect costs related to diabetic foot ulcers, and prevent amputations.

SensaCuore // University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
SensaCuore is developing an aptamer-based microfluidic electrochemical biosensor that can simultaneously detect three cardiac biomarkers, resulting in a better prevention program for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

Sensatek // Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Sensatek is developing a wireless monitoring system that provides engine operators with more accurate information, offering a more dependable and profitable solution for energy, aviation, and aerospace assets.

Smart Diagnostics Systems // Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Missouri)
Smart Diagnostics Systems has created a technology that allows pathogen detection to be more sensitive, specific, and convenient than current technology.

Treyetech // Johns Hopkins University
Treyetech aims to facilitate Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), the most effective treatment for corneal diseases, by introducing a novel device and increasing its accessibility to patients.

TX2O // Texas State University
TX2O has developed a revolutionary eco-friendly technology that significantly reduces costs and contingent environmental liabilities for oil producers.

VisiPlate // University of Pennsylvania
VisiPlate is the first nanoscale aqueous shunt for open angle glaucoma patients that reduces procedure time for ophthalmologists and improves the post-operative standard of living for patients.

Stage 2 E-Teams ($20,000)

Aeronics // University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
COPD patients are often prescribed supplemental oxygen, but current oxygen delivery systems are heavy, high-pressure tanks that can be dangerous and inconvenient to transport. Aeronics developed mediPOD, a portable and convenient oxygen therapy device with a mircoporous storage container that provides a safe, low-pressure supply of medical oxygen.

Chromatiscope // University of California-Davis
There is a growing need for qualified employees in STEM, but those careers start in the classroom. Chromatiscope’s innovation combines multiple laboratory functionalities into one smartphone-based device, helping teachers provide hands-on scientific experiences for their students at a fraction of the cost of traditional lab equipment.

DTE Materials // California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Most forms of modern insulation are either toxic, non-sustainable, or are difficult and costly to install. 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.

Global Water Labs // University of California-Berkeley
Approximately 200 million people worldwide are at risk of developing irreversible diseases from drinking groundwater contaminated with high levels of 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.

Modular and Asynchronous Telerehabiliative Solutions for Stroke Rehabilitation (Smart Stroke Rehab) // New York University
Stroke is a leading cause of disability that affects more than 800,000 people in the U.S. annually. Smart Stroke Rehab is developing modular, portable mechatronic solutions for stroke rehabilitation using low-cost, off-the-shelf components, which make the device more affordable and accessible to patients.

Rambuta LLC // Oregon State University
With the cost of fertilizer rising and weather patterns becoming more unpredictable, there is a pressing need for affordable precision agriculture. Rambuta Remote Sensing is developing The Rambuta Multispectral Camera, a remote sensing device that will capture accurate data on plant stress, the presence of disease, pest infestations, and other information farmers need to properly care for their crops.

Revere Biosciences // Rice University
Revere Biosciences has developed a CRISPR-based device that enables cells to secrete a nucleic acid sequence to monitor gene expression, which will substantially aid in stem cell research.

Wavergy // The City College of New York
There is an untapped clean energy opportunity from ocean waves, but current systems are costly. Wavergy has created a patent-pending modular solution that harvests the continuous free supply of energy from ocean waves with zero carbon emissions and zero negative environmental impact.

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