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Non-Invasive Ventilation Mask with Zero Leakage for Patients with Highly Infectious Diseases

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-22-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0334
Amount: $999,965.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA202-011
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-11-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-03
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Micka
 (603) 640-2523
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

A large number of patients with viral respiratory diseases such as COVID‑19 and SARS require respiratory support. Invasive ventilation is commonly used for these patients, but this requires equipment that is in limited supply in a pandemic and can lead to poor outcomes for many patients. Non‑Invasive Ventilation (NIV) via a mask is an appropriate alternative treatment for many patients that can lead to better outcomes. This type of treatment can generally be performed using a CPAP or BiPAP machine, which are very common. However, for COVID‑19 and other highly infectious diseases, NIV use is limited due to the risk of disease transmission through contaminated aerosols leaking around the mask seal. In this program, we are developing an innovative mask for use with NIV that will eliminate leakage of contaminated air through the mask seal. This will allow widespread use of NIV therapy during a viral pandemic while protecting health care workers. In the Phase I program, we demonstrated the excellent performance of our mask through laboratory testing. In the Phase II program, we will develop updated prototypes and demonstrate their performance through testing in the laboratory and on human subjects.

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