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STTR Phase I: Multiple Eye Disease Detection Using a Smartphone

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2015102
Agency Tracking Number: 2015102
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: BM
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-31
Small Business Information
2104 MAIN ST APT 7
United States
DUNS: 116927204
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jiyeon Kim
 (617) 249-4533
Business Contact
 Jiyeon Kim
Phone: (617) 249-4533
Research Institution
 Texas Tech University
 Hyo J Chang
349 Administration Bldg
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

The broader impact/commercial impact of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is to proactively manage eye health. Approximately 285 million people and 39 million people suffer respectively from visual impairment and blindness. Monitoring of eye disease in early stages is critical to slowing its progression, but currently this assessment requires specialized equipment in ophthalmology practices or optometry offices. Smartphone-based disease detection is customizable, portable, easy-to-access, and multi-functional. This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to design and develop an eye disease diagnostic tool using a smartphone. This project will develop and validate novel data acquisition, image processing and machine learning techniques for keratoconus, glaucoma, and cataract detection, including new algorithms for detection of motion and noise artifacts to reduce image corruption. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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