Funding will continue development of novel medical devices and technologies to help soldiers in the field.
TIAX announced today that it has been awarded three Phase II contracts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The contracts, totaling more than $2 million, will enable TIAX to continue its efforts in the development of three new technologies to assist soldiers in the battlefield; an intraosseous infusion device, a medical blood pack, and a wearable stress detection system.
“We are honored to continue our partnership with the Department of Defense and delighted that our work on these projects will contribute to the safety and wellbeing of our armed forces,” said Kenan Sahin, President of TIAX. “In addition to the role these technologies could play in helping our military, they may one day be used by first responders, emergency personnel, and critical staff to benefit the larger civilian population.”
The projects include:
- Reusable Intraosseous Infusion Device - Intraosseous infusion (an infusion directly in the marrow cavity of the human bone) is a rapid, reliable method of infusing critical resuscitation fluids into the vascular system when traditional IV cannot be administered. Under this $730,000 contract, TIAX will produce a prototype of a compact, portable device that enables quick vascular access through the sternum for soldiers wounded in battle situations. TIAX’s design includes carriage of multiple needles so the system can be used several times and a driver/depth control system that simplifies usage in combat situations. The device may eventually be commercialized for use by emergency medical personnel in hospital trauma units.
- Medic Blood Pack - Under this approximately $655,000 contract, TIAX will finalize the design and develop a production-ready prototype for a lightweight mobile storage container that can transport blood to the front lines. Currently, military casualties are sometimes forced to wait as long as 12 hours before evacuation from the battle field to a medical treatment facility where they can receive blood transfusions. The ability to transfuse red blood cells in the field would dramatically increase the wounded soldier’s chance of survival. The TIAX concept integrates a highly insulating design with phase-change materials. The phase change materials preferentially absorb the heat that leaks into the container before it can have any effect on the temperature of the blood being stored. This approach allows for multiple packs of red blood cells to be transported to the front lines by medics and maintained at the required temperature of 1oC to 10oC for over 48 hours.
- SENSORS (System for Evaluating Neurological Stress with Objective & Remote Sensors) - In Phase II of this project, valued at approximately $730,000, TIAX will design a prototype system to detect the workload, cognitive state, and stress levels endured by soldiers in combat environments. The current TIAX SENSORS system concept takes the form of a flexible under-helmet skullcap that uses biomedical sensors to monitor multiple physiological parameters including muscle tension, brain waves, eye movements, perspiration, and cardiac/respiratory function. On-body hardware and custom signal-processing algorithms created for this project will combine and broadcast data for remote evaluation of the cognitive state, predictability of performance, and decision-making skills of a soldier in battle. The SENSORS system also has a range of potential non-military applications such as emergency medical services, public safety, commercial aviation, long-haul trucking, and lie detection.
Since 2002, TIAX has been awarded 15 Phase I contracts and 8 Phase II contracts through the SBIR program.