STTR Phase I: Wireless Sensing of Body Movement: Detection and Evaluation of Lameness in Horses

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0809450
Agency Tracking Number: 0809450
Amount: $149,912.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EO
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-586
Small Business Information
2404 Cimarron Drive, Columbia, MO, 65203
DUNS: 800123254
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Allyn G Mann
 (573) 268-5253
Business Contact
 Allyn G Mann
Title: NoDeg
Phone: (573) 268-5253
Research Institution
 University of Missouri - Columbia
 Michael Nichols
 2404 Cimarron Dr
340A Bond Life Sciences Center
Columbia, MO, 65203
 (573) 882-6726
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project focuses on lameness which is one of the most common health problems for horses. Treatment is most effective in the earliest stages of lameness, however the subjective diagnostic methods currently used by large animal are imprecise and inaccurate. To improve the quality of lameness evaluation, the startup company Equinosis is leversaging research at the University of Missouri to develop a field-ready, portable, wireless body-sensor-based system that can diagnose the affected limb and severity of lameness in horses sooner and more effectively than current methods. This computer-driven technology determines the degree of lameness by measuring the head and pelvic movements of horses. In the proposed project, Equinosis will evaluate the patterns of head and pelvic motions of horses with definite diagnoses of naturally-occurring and experimentally-induced (temporary) lameness. The objective of this work will be to verify both the technology and University of Missouri research data. The broader impacts of this research may extend beyond the initial goals of improved diagnosis and earlier, more effective treatment of lameness in horses. While Equinosis has identified lameness in horses as its initial commercialization target, the company believes that this patent-pending technology can be extended to detect other ailments in other animal species. Further development of the technology could eventually assist in the diagnosis of medical issues for humans, especially in those cases where the patient has referred pain or cannot communicate symptoms clearly to medical professionals.

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