MTBI Protective Mandibular Appliance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A102-129-1988
Amount: $119,605.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-129
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
4 BERINGER WAY, MARBLEHEAD, MA, 01945
DUNS: 052511446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Fiegener
 Founder, President & Tech
 (781) 631-7500
 john@toolinc.com
Business Contact
 Gregory Meyer
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (781) 631-7500
Email: greg@toolinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
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.

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