January 2014

MegaMatter

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Principal Investigator: 
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Year: 
2014

The first non-toxic flame retardant alternative to HBCD, a toxic flame retardant recently banned by over 160 countries at the United Nation's Stockholm Convention.

MoboSens (Formerly Freyr Tech)

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Year: 
2014

A platform that allows farmers in both developed and developing countries to optimize their use of nitrogen fertilizer.

Fostail BioSystems Corporation

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
University of Idaho
Principal Investigator: 
University of Idaho
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Year: 
2014

A new technology that significantly improves the production of ethanol by reducing fermentation time from days to hours and increasing ethanol yield by 5%.

Sintact Medical Systems, LLC (Formerly PXAD Therapeutic Films)

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: 
Northwestern University
Grant Amount: 
$19,978
Year: 
2014

A special polymer film implanted into a patient’s body after surgery to make sure tissues stay separate and don’t form adhesions--internal scars that extend from one tissue to another and cause post-surgical complications.

MadiDrop

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
University of Virginia
Principal Investigator: 
University of Virginia
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Year: 
2014

A new point-of-use water filtering technology for the developing world that consists of a porous ceramic disk that releases silver at a controlled rate, eliminating microbial pathogens.

Vibronix

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
Purdue University
Principal Investigator: 
Purdue University
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Year: 
2014

A device that can provide comprehensive information on the condition of a patient’s artery wall—particularly core plaque—in vivo, revolutionizing atherosclerosis diagnosis and treatment.

Justmillk

Stage 2 E-Team Grantees

Recipient Institution: 
University of California, Berkeley
Principal Investigator: 
University of California, Berkeley
Grant Amount: 
$19,997
Year: 
2014

A means of administering drugs and nutrients to breastfeeding infants in developing countries via disintegrating tablets.

Previously funded E-Team grants

Stage 1 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $5k each):

Stage 2 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $20k each):
AssureFit Chest Tube Stabilizer (Clemson University)
A device that properly aligns and secures a chest tube within the pleural cavity.
 
BioD (Georgetown University)
A low-cost anaerobic digester that effectively delivers cooking fuel for households in rural communities.
 
Dr Addams (Case Western Reserve University)
A surgical simulator that teaches nurses how to hand surgical instruments to the operating surgeon—including instrument identification, instrument placement, speed, and providing sufficient placement force—in a way that is more realistic than the training and practice methods currently available. 
  
 
Haiti Electrical Alliance Team: Moveable Grid (University of Colorado at Boulder)
A battery unit designed for use in Haiti that can be charged from either 220 V sources (the grid, diesel generators) or direct current sources (solar panels). 
 
Medishine (Oaklahoma State University)
A new point-of-care treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 
 
MegaMatter (California Polytechnic The first non-toxic flame retardeant alternative to HBCD, a toxic flame retardant recently banned by over 160 countries at the United Nation's Stockholm Convention. 
 
Mobius SLIP (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
A Learning Management System that takes students and teachers beyond Peer grading to a social learning environment that promotes creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. 
 
Nonspec (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
A low cost, durable prosthetic for developing countries that can "grow" with a child, decreasing the number of prosthetics he or she requires over time. 
 
PathMeT (Pathway Measurement Tool) (University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus)
A device that can measure pathways for current Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines such as cross slope, running slope, roughness and level change, aimed at helping the entities responsible for development, construction, and evaluation of pathway surfaces comply with government regulations. 
 
Point-of-Care Blood Typing Microdevice (Michigan Technological University)
A portable, low-cost, easy to use device that can quickly identify a person's blood type without using perishable antibodies. 
 
R-ARM: Robotic Assistive Reaching Mechanism (Rice University)
A two-joint robotic arm that attaches to the back of a wheelchair and serves as a reach assistant, helping with upper-body limitations retrieve objects. 
 
Team Safe-C (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
A user-friendly device that will safely and quickly disimpact the fetal head during Cesarean section, improving maternal and fetal outcomes. 
 
Vibronix (Purdue University)
A device that can provide comprehensive information on the condition of a patient's artery wall—particularly core plaque—in vivo, revolutionizing atherosclerosis diagnosis and treatment. 
 
ChallTech, LLC (Lehigh University)
A way to capture a rowers' workout data on a mobile device, synchronize it with an online website and provide an online team management system.
 
CheckMate: Disposable Timers For Healthcare Events (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
A color-changing, disposable sticker that lets medical personnel know when a commonly used device—IVs, wound dressings, catheters—needs to be replaced.
 
HMSolution (Brown University)
A water filtration system that reduces arsenic and heavy metals concentrations to safe levels and requires little to no maintenance for 10+ years.
 
Kohana: The First Discreetly Wearable Compression Breast Pump (Johns Hopkins University)
A hands-free, concealable, and quiet breast pump that women can use discreetly in the presence of others.
 
OttoClave (Case Western Reserve University)
A new autoclave, designed for rural health clinics in South Asia, which simplifies the sterilization process by giving users instructions in their native language and telling them when instruments are completely cleaned.
 
ProVazo (University of Virginia)
A minimalistic device that allows for pain-free blood sampling.
 
Trash 2 Cash-Energy(University of South Florida)
A catalytic process that turns an environmentally harmful byproduct of decaying garbage into fuel that could powers the fleet of garbage trucks. 

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