Stage 1 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $5k each):
Stage 2 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $20k each):
Freyr Technologies (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A platform that allows farmers in both developed and developing countries to optimize their use of nitrogen fertilizer.
ChallTech, LLC (Lehigh University) A device for competitive rowers that captures workout data on a mobile device, synchronizes it with a web site, and provides an online team management system.
NovaGraft (Vanderbilt University) An implantable, synthetic, biodegradable scaffold designed to help diabetic ulcer patients heal faster.
PortaTherm (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An affordable and scalable diagnostic system for typhoid and paratyphoid, designed for use in developing countries.
Barter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Software that uses economic tools to create an internal knowledge marketplace, enabling the free flow of information throughout the organization. RFA Designs (Northwestern University) A Radiofrequency ablation probe designed for the unique challenges of breast cancer.
Nebula Sports (Rochester Institute of Technology) A headband with force absorption properties designed to protect against concussions while playing soccer.
LuxSano (Duke University) An innovative combination of two technologies to decrease bacterial counts at the wound site during surgery.
Awair: Breathe Better Technology (Stanford University) A device that reduces the pain of an endotracheal tube by applying local anesthetic (lidocaine) directly to the airway.
MoringaConnect (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A platform to provide moringa farmers in Ghana with resources, market connections, and affordable processing technologies for their crop.
Hole Patch (Case Western Reserve University) A non-toxic solution for cold-weather pothole repair that is faster, simpler, and cheaper than current practices.
Akiba Cooking Solutions (Colorado State University) An affordable, efficient cookstove for Kenya’s institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and restaurants.
Solarclave (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A solar-powered autoclave that will allow nurses in developing world clinics to be able to sterilize their equipment.
SOUP Spoon Assistive Technologies (University of Detroit-Mercy) A new spoon, designed to aid individuals with uncontrollable tremors or limited fine and gross motor skills, that avoids spillage when moving from plate to mouth.
FlashFood, LLC (Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus) A rapid food recovery network that can rescue food that is ready-to-eat from restaurants, hotels, and catered events and deliver it directly to those in need.
eButton: A Wearable Electronic Device for Dementia Care (University of Pittsburgh) A wearable electronic device that keeps track of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and helps staff understand their health, safety and psychological needs.
The NeurD (Purdue University) A new tool to monitor and detect the progression of peripheral neuropathy.
Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG) (Case Western Reserve University) A handheld malaria diagnosis device that provides a diagnosis in one minute with one drop of blood from a fingertip.
IV DRIP: Dehydration Relief in Pediatrics(Rice University) A simple volume regulator for IV drips that helps prevent overhydration.
Ligadon (University of Utah) A more effective solution for ligament and tendon recombination surgeries.
OceanComm (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A wireless modem to enable better communication between unmanned, underwater mining machines and their human operators on the surface.
Vitalnx (Vanderbilt University) A monitor, located inside a trauma patient’s IV line, that provides early indicators of tissue shock, shortening the time to advanced resuscitation.
RetiCue (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A portable, eye-worn imaging device that quickly assesses the condition of a patient’s retina.
Renature (Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus) A novel modular design for a continuous flow aerobic bio-digester that can process organic food waste into concentrated and high value natural fertilizers and soil amendments.
Modiv Media, a former E-Team from Babson College, has been recognized by the 2009 AlwaysOn East 100 List. The AlwaysOn East 100 Award is given to private, emerging technology companies creating new business opportunities in high-growth markets.
Modiv Media, based in Boston, provides the first multi-touchpoint, in-store media network that enables marketers and retailers to boost loyalty and sales, while saving money and time for consumers. The technology is used by a number of supermarket chains on the East Coast. While at Babson, the E-Team was called Vayusa. The team received an E-Team grant from NCIIA in 2002.
An NCIIA-funded E-Team from Stanford University has been awarded a Coulter grant that will help move its invention - an affordable ventilator - along the product development path.
The Stanford team is developing a low-cost ventilator for two distinct purposes: emergency readiness in developed countries and general use in developing countries. To fill the need in both cases, the team is developing a low-cost ($300, where typical ventilators range from $8,000-$60,000), rechargeable, portable, disposable ventilator. Read more about the grant here.
Solar power has long been seen as a viable alternative to fossil fuel-based power, but has remained too expensive to force a trend in the residential market, where outfitting your home with photovoltaic panels can cost up to $40,000. Current panels are themselves non-sustainable: they require a large amount of energy to manufacture, and the materials are non-recyclable.
This E-Team is looking to solve both problems with SolarPads, an inexpensive, recyclable photovoltaic panel. The design uses compound parabolic concentrators to widen the panel’s range and increase its concentration ratio, which means that fewer photovoltaic cells need to be used, lowering the cost. It also uses an inflatable wedge system that allows the panel to rotate to a position closest to the sun. Overall, the team is aiming for a panel that is 90% cheaper than similar solar panels.
EcoMOD is an ongoing green building project at the University of Virginia in which architecture and engineering students construct affordable, modular homes that use 30-50% less energy than similar houses. They’ve built five houses so far, funded by a variety of non-profits, corporations and the EPA. The first house, ecoMOD1, has an extensive monitoring system in place to gather data on energy and water usage. While the system works well, it’s far too expensive to be a commercial energy-monitoring product and hasn’t been replicated in the other ecoMOD homes.
The team is now developing a commercial version: a low-cost, freeware, wireless home energy monitoring system that provides real-time feedback on energy use (electricity consumption of major appliances, water consumption, indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, and carbon dioxide emissions), has the capability to adjust thermostat and ventilation settings based on whether the residents are home, and enables peak load shedding of selected appliances based on price signals from the utility. It consists of microcontrollers ranged around the house, a base station, and a web interface.
Mercury exposures are anticipated to rise with the rapid growth in compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which contain 3-5 mg of mercury per lamp. Recent research at Brown identified a form of elemental selenium (nSe) with the ability to capture mercury vapor—a finding widely reported in the news in the summer of 2008 (New York Times, Discovery, etc.). The team is now developing a technology platform for a variety of mercury management products based around nSe, including box liners for CFL packages and shipping/recycling containers, consumer clean-up kits, air cleaning products for large spills, and dental office products. With NCIIA funding the team is assessing the long-term stability of nSe, researching ways to incorporate nSe into porous or permeable matrices, building and testing prototypes, and performing market research.
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus, 2008 - $20,000
HIV viral load testing, which measures the number of HIV copies in a milliliter of blood, provides important information in monitoring the status of HIV disease by guiding recommendations for therapy and predicting the future course of the disease. However, the current viral load test is expensive ($50k initial capital outlay, $40 per test), requires skilled technicians and significant training, and is available only in well-equipped medical facilities.
This E-Team is developing a new viral load test that is far cheaper ($200 capital outlay, $6 per test), does not required skilled technicians, and can be implemented in rural clinics in the developing world. The team’s simple approach is to use the naked eye to confirm the presence and quantity of HIV in the blood. The product will be a kit consisting of two pieces of equipment (a blue-light box and a water bath) and a package of inexpensive reagents that do not require cold-chain storage. Blood samples drawn from the patient are processed in 2.5 hours and read in a dark room using the blue-light: blood containing HIV above threshold levels fluoresce, indicating a high viral load.
LifeServe Innovations is an entrepreneurial venture formed at Lehigh University aimed at developing and commercializing an emergency tracheostomy device. Currently the standard surgical airway procedure for the emergency field is a cricothyroidotomy, but this procedure is problematic as the airway it creates is temporary and needs to be replaced at the hospital. LifeServe intends to improve the practice by bringing an in-hospital procedure, the percutaneous tracheostomy, to the field of emergency medicine.
The team is developing the SMART Kit, which will contain all the tools necessary to perform a percutaneous tracheostomy in the field. The vital component of the kit is LifeServe's patentable SnakeBite Dilator (pictured). This device transforms a percutaneous trachestomy from a timely and involved surgery to a fast and user-friendly procedure.
LifeServe has already prototyped an initial version of the dilator, performed market research, and gained insight and feedback from medical professionals.