Advanced Military Footwear System with Composite Orthotic

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-12-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number:
A112-109-0361
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-109
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
DIApedia, LLC
270 Walker Drive, Suite 207E, State College, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115331691
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Hurley
President
(814) 234-0700
thurley@diapedia.com
Business Contact:
Timothy Hurley
President
(814) 234-0700
thurley@diapedia.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Although footwear science has made considerable progress in the last decade, a performance gap continues to exist between standard issue military footwear and expedition footwear available on the commercial market. While the provision of in-shoe foot orthoses (ISFOs) is commonplace in commercial athletic and outdoor footwear, the provision of similar devices that can be accommodated in an army boot has not received significant attention. The high rates of lower extremity injuries in the military point to the urgent need to close the footwear performance gap by providing military personnel with footwear and in-boot orthoses that incorporate up-to-date biomechanical knowledge and state-of-the-art materials. In this proposal, DIApedia, LLC, a Pennsylvania small business with a track record of innovation and commercialization in the therapeutic footwear domain and experience with military contracts, will lead a multidisciplinary team of experts in composite materials, footwear biomechanics, military medicine, and manufacture of military footwear in the design of an advanced modular ISFO and a new high-performance boot container.

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