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Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
55418
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0091513
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Simbex
10 Water Street Suite 410 Lebanon, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: N/A
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0091513
Award Amount: $499,992.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will complete development of a production Smart Variable Geometry Socket (SVGS) for transtibial amputees (TTAs) and will test it with a clinical study. This non-electrical system is a simple means for ensuring and maintaining a good socket fit, with security and stability increased over the state of the art. Poorly fitting sockets, which cause pain and skin lesions, are responsible for a significant portion of TTAs rejecting a prosthesis. The SVGS/TT utilizes suction retention, which provides an important benefit, particularly to diabetics, by increasing blood circulation in the residual limb. The unique SVGS system consists of multiple, liquid-filled bladders placed by the prosthetist during socket fitting and a control for maintaining appropriate pressures on the residual limb at selected locations, all contained within the dimensions of a conventional prosthesis. The SVGS can be applied by the prosthetist with existing equipment and conventional art, thereby minimizing implementation cost. This attribute will enhance market acceptance. Phase I demonstrated feasibility; Phase II will measure efficacy and acceptance by TTAs. Phase II results will be the catalyst for successful commercialization.

Principal Investigator:

Harri Latvakoski
6034485454
RCD@Synnovations.com

Business Contact:

Mark W. Blanchard
Authorized Rep.
6034485454
MWB@Synnovations.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SIMBEX
10 Water Street, Room 405 Lebanon, NH 03766

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