winter 2019 e-team program grantees

Stage 1 E-Teams ($5,000)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
AquaQuant is developing a nanoengineered coating that enables direct water-immersion cooling of high-performance servers in large data centers, reducing the amount of energy and physical space needed for thermal management.

Billion Bottle Project Organization
Case Western Reserve University
Billion Bottle Project is developing a low-cost, reusable sensor that accurately detects the completion of the solar disinfection process in water treatment.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Brise-Solette is developing a device for use in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) that uses film to adjust light transmittance in isolettes, thereby improving the overall health and development of premature infants.

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Contraire is developing an automated control system that provides wastewater treatment plants with real-time feedback to optimize the aeration process and reduce energy usage.

Johns Hopkins University
CortiTech is developing a neurosurgical tool that allows for minimally invasive access to hard-to-reach areas in the brain, preventing damage to surrounding healthy tissue and expanding operating space during surgery.

De Oro Devices -The Gaitway
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
De Oro Devices – The Gaitway is developing a device for Parkinson’s patients suffering from “freezing of gait” that attaches to mobility assist devices and uses clinically proven physical therapy techniques that have been known to reduce time frozen, number of falls, and the number of freezing episodes that occur.

Eyedea Medical
Johns Hopkins University
Eyedea Medical is developing a corneal transplant processing device to help eye banks reduce the time and training needed to prepare high quality, consistent tissue for a vision-saving procedure.

New York University
HealthHuddle is developing a mobile application that streamlines the patient handoff process by enabling nurses to automatically communicate patient information sourced from the Electronic Health Record.

Maternal Innovations Development
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Maternal Innovations Development is creating a device that quickly indicates the onset of coagulopathy, or bleeding disorder, and can enable doctors to prevent severe postpartum hemorrhage.

Merciless Motors
New York University
Merciless Motors is developing a new electric motor that is significantly lighter, smaller, and more efficient than motors with the same power output.

University of Virginia-Main Campus
MIST is developing a spinal implant to treat patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis that will reduce the necessity and severity of future surgery and improve patient discomfort and recovery time.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Phytos is developing a sprayable emulsion using plant oil extracts to eliminate infectious disease in agriculture crops without incurring resistance or harming plants.

Northwestern University
Precision Nerve Block is developing a device that can measure in real-time the effectiveness of local anesthetic dosage in children, reducing the need for too much anesthesia and increasing patient safety.

Twist Talk
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Twist Talk is creating a wearable assistive communication aid for nonverbal children on the autism spectrum that notifies parents and caregivers of the child’s needs.

Johns Hopkins University
VecTech is developing an automated surveillance system to classify and monitor mosquito populations, a critical step in mosquito control.

University of Iowa
VerdiLife is developing a wood waste recycling process that can produce organic fertilizer and pesticide solutions and is carbon-negative with zero emissions.

Stage 2 E-Teams ($20,000)

NUMiX Materials
Northwestern University
Current industrial water treatment options do not efficiently remove heavy metals from aqueous streams. NUMiX Materials is creating a product that efficiently reduces the concentration of dissolved heavy metals from water systems across a wide range of pH levels.

PneumoNIX Medical
Johns Hopkins University
CT-guided biopsies can collapse a patient’s lung, a complication that requires hospitalization. PneumoNIX Medical is developing a device that reduces the likelihood of collapsed lung complications during CT-guided lung biopsies.

Press-Flex Knee
University of Delaware
Falling is a constant risk for low-mobility amputees, especially when transitioning from a seated to a standing position. Press-Flex Knee is developing a prosthetic knee for low-mobility lower-limb amputees that allows them to sit down and stand up more easily, reducing their risk of falling.

Respira Labs
University of California-Berkeley
Patients who self-manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) don’t always comply with health regimens, which can lead to complications, increased hospital visits, and decreased quality of life. Respira Labs is creating a device that continuously monitors patients’ lung function and collects lifestyle and other medical data to improve management of COPD.

Johns Hopkins University
Approximately 70% of patients with spinal deformities who undergo complex and intensive surgeries to improve their quality of life remain malaligned. Spine Align is developing a medical device that provides spine surgeons with real-time feedback and minimal workflow disruption during spinal corrective or alignment surgeries.

Strella Biotechnology
University of Pennsylvania
The fresh apple market loses $1.2B each year due to the inability to track the maturation of the produce and know which fruit is ready for distribution. Strella Biotechnology is developing a biosensor to accurately predict fruit maturity, ensuring produce is packed and distributed at the optimum time.




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