The Innovators - Neonatal Technologies Forum

Brilliance: Stanford University and Design Revolution
Students from Stanford's Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course supported Design Revolution (D-Rev)'s development of Brilliance. Brilliance is an affordable world-class phototherapy device to treat severely jaundiced newborns. It was licensed to Phoenix Medical Systems, a neonatal device market leader in India, in December 2010, and will be sold to hospitals starting in July 2011.

East Meets West
East Meets West has been working in Southeast Asia for more than 23 years and is currently the largest non-governmental organization in Vietnam. EMW implements innovative programs and projects in health care, clean water and sanitation, education and community infrastructure. EMW has made a lasting impact on millions of children and families living in poverty. Thus far, EMW has invested over US $80 million in Vietnam. It operates in Laos, Cambodia, East Timor, the Philippines and India.

INGENIMED SAC is a venture supported by RAMP PERU. Its main product is a jaundice phototherapy device.

Developing World Health Care Technology Laboratory: Duke University
The DHTLab develops healthcare technologies for resource poor settings. The lab is based at Duke University and closely cooperates with Engineering World Health. PhotoGenesis Medical, a spin-out from DHTLab, produces a phototherapy device for the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia that runs on motorcycle batteries with long-lasting bulbs. The ARV pouch is a new medical device being developed that can prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child during the birthing process.

infantAIR: Rice University
infantAIR is developing Baby Bubbles, a low-cost respiratory support device to treat neonatal respiratory distress. The device helps to keep a baby’s lungs fully inflated so he or she can breathe naturally. infantAIR is aiming to implement the device in Rwandan hospitals first.

Embrace is a social enterprise that aims to help millions of vulnerable babies through a low cost infant incubator. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace Infant Warmer costs less than 1% of this price. The device can work with or without electricity, has no moving parts, is portable and is safe and intuitive to use.

Apnea Alert: Northwestern University
This team is developing a respiratory monitor with apnea alarm, CPAP, and phototherapy blanket for use in Kangroo Mother Care (also called skin-to-skin therapy) wards in South Africa.

Antenatal Screening Kit: Johns Hopkins University
Every year, 6.3 million pregnant women and infants die from complications that develop during pregnancy. Although many of these deaths are preventable, the high cost of current screening methods prohibits timely detection of these complications for women in developing countries, where 99% of maternal deaths occur. This team from Johns Hopkins University, in conjunction with Jhpiego, the nation's leading NGO in the field of maternal/child health, is developing the Antenatal Screening Kit: a sustainable, low-cost kit to screen pregnant women for potentially fatal conditions including pre-eclampsia, anemia, and gestational diabetes.

NeoEmbrace's techology is a multi-use passive warmer for low birthweight and premature infants. It prevent heat loss and dehydration, and can also be used as a transport incubator. The technology was ranked by PATH's Neonatal Incubator assessment as #1 in this category, out of seventeen others.

ePartogram: Johns Hopkins University
Studies show that maternal death rates can be reduced significantly with simple measures, such as using the paper partogram, a sheet for monitoring labor according to WHO standards. Where implemented, the partogram has shown to reduce maternal mortality by half. This team is making the partogram as easy to use and interpret as possible.