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MTBI Protective Mandibular Appliance

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97951
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-129-1988
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-129
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TOOL., INCORPORATED
4 BERINGER WAY MARBLEHEAD, MA 01945
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: MTBI Protective Mandibular Appliance
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0029
Award Amount: $69,992.00
 

Abstract:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), often caused by shock waves from blasts, has been called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Commonly, the deleterious effects on the blast are compounded by the extra forces transmitted to the skull from the jaw through the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In contact sports, it has been shown that mouth guards can be effective in reducing concussions and mild TBI. This proposal describes how tool., Inc., in collaboration with Dr. Robert Cantu of Boston University Medical Center and Emerson Hospital, a world-renowned authority on neurology and sports medicine, will develop an appliance to mitigate concussive forces associated with high-energy blasts. In Phase I, potential materials and relevant existing devices, particularly athletic mouth guards, will be researched for their application to a product that could be used by the military. Initial design concepts will be worked out based on this research. In the Phase I Option, more concrete models will be made as a precursor to an in-depth commercialization plan to be addressed in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

John Fiegener
Founder, President & Tech
7816317500
john@toolinc.com

Business Contact:

Gregory R. Meyer
VP Business Development
7816317500
greg@toolinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TOOL., INCORPORATED
4 BERINGER WAY MARBLEHEAD, MA 01945

EIN/Tax ID: 043542832
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No