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Cervical Spine Health Improvement Products

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH20C0007
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0495
Amount: $1,099,446.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA18B-001
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-29
Small Business Information
4500 Mobile Dr
Columbus, OH 43220
United States
DUNS: 009722442
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Marras
 Honda Chair Professor and Director
 (614) 292-6670
Business Contact
 Joel Stephens
Phone: (614) 747-0939
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Geetha Sampathkumar Geetha Sampathkumar
1971 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

 (614) 292-6080
 Nonprofit College or University

Neck pain is a common and disabling health impairment affecting both military and civilian populations. Due to a lack of objective, reliable, and actionable metrics, occupational interventions and treatment plans are typically based on a trial-and error process that results in suboptimal outcomes and inflated costs. To address this problem, our objective will be to (1) develop an evidence-based technology that leverages wearable motion sensors to quantify dynamic neck motions along with patient reported outcomes, and (2) use this technology to collect large databases of healthy and patient motions to develop cervical function, injury risk, and sincerity of effort metrics. These metrics will enable users to (A) quantify kinematic abnormality, (B) monitor change in function, and (C) enhance decision-making related to warfighter health, readiness, and return-to-work. To complete this project, we have assembled an experienced team of experts in spine biomechanics research, spine medicine, wearable sensors, product development, entrepreneurship, and project management. We will build upon our significant progress in Phase I and our decades of work developing similar solutions for the lumbar spine. The outcome of this Phase II effort will be a fully functional prototype (TRL 7) that is ready for regulatory submission and commercialization in Phase III.

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