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Development of an Advanced Conformable Prosthetic

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
83257
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A074-029-0162
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development of an Advanced Conformable Prosthetic
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0094
Award Amount: $749,931.00
 

Abstract:

Modern prosthetics have improved significantly with regards to control and functionality, but the fit of the residual limb within a prosthetic socket is a primary concern for many amputees. A poor fit can lead to skin irritation, tissue breakdown, and pain. The volume of the residual limb of an amputee changes throughout the course of a day and throughout the year. Volume fluctuation within the socket can lead to issues for the amputee, including decreased comfort, increased shear forces, increased pressure on bony prominences, as well as a poor gait pattern. An uncomfortable or non-performing socket/residual limb interface decreases user compliance with the prosthetic and therefore decreases the activity level of amputees who want to remain active in their civilian and military lives. The Infoscitex team is developing a multilayered socket that takes advantage of a novel braided material for strength and passive conformability with thin layers dedicated to wearer comfort. This new socket provides ultimate fit for improvement in the performance of the prosthesis. The socket adapts itself to the changing physical shape of the residual limb as the prosthesis is worn. The adaptation is a natural result of the material properties, so is done passively and in real time. The materials are lightweight, breathable, and ultrasound transparent, allowing the prosthetic to function in a variety of environments.

Principal Investigator:

Kristen LeRoy
Group Leader, ElectroMechanical Sys
7818901338
kleroy@infoscitex.com

Business Contact:

William Thompson
Contracts Manager
7818901338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MAYO CLINIC
200 1st St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Contact: Laura Bruzek
Contact Phone: (507) 538-1292
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization