In August of 2009, Stanford University student Ben Cline and D-Rev CEO Krista Donaldson came to the first Sustainable Vision Advanced Invention to Venture (AI2V) workshop in Cambridge. Three years later, their product, Brilliance, a low cost, low maintenance opto-medical device to treat neonatal jaundice, is on the market in India and they are looking to expand to East Africa. Donaldson estimates that early data suggests 13 babies will get treatment per device per month in urban hospitals, which means lives saved and brain damage averted. These results will be closely tracked. Cline’s contribution has been instrumental in early stages of product development of Brilliance. His accomplishments, during later stages, in an advisory role to bring Brilliance to Point-of-Scale are also commendable. His early partnership with D-Rev, was a key factor to this success.
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Working with D-Rev, a nonprofit technology incubator based in Palo Alto, the Enabling Effective Management of Neonatal Jaundice in Rural India team signed a licensing agreement with Chennai, India-based Phoenix Medical Systems Private Ltd for the manufacturing and distribution of Brilliance, a novel phototherapy device that enables the treatment of severe neonatal jaundice in low-resource hospitals.
This photo is of a neonatal jaundice treatment technology being developed by a Sustainable Vision team from Stanford University working with the non-profit technology incubator, Design Revolution. The Enabling Effective Management of Neonatal Jaundice in Rural India team, a 2009 NCIIA grantee, developed an affordable world-class phototherapy device that will provide effective treatment for newborns in low-income hospitals. Instead of using fluorescent tube or compact fluorescent bulbs, the team’s device uses more efficient, high-intensity blue LEDs that can be supported by a battery backup.