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Soft and Elastomeric Intramuscular Electrode with Therapeutic Delivery Capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-13-C-0157
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-019-0258
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T019
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-02-22
Small Business Information
12345 West 52nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO, -
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Silvia Luebben
 Principal Chemist
 (303) 940-2317
 silvia@tda.com
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
 University of Pittsburgh
 X. T Cui
 5057 Bioscience Tower 3
3501 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260-3543
 (412) 383-6672
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Approximately 5-6% of military injuries involve some form of major peripheral nerve injury with little chance of spontaneous healing. Currently these injuries lead to major impairment of voluntary muscle function in the limbs and extremities, making tasks of walking, reaching, grasping, etc. very difficult or impossible for many patients. It is not enough to focus therapeutic treatment on the segmental nerve injuries alone, new methods to treat and stimulate the distal neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) must be developed to maintain muscle responsiveness and welfare while the slow process of axonal regeneration continues at the proximal injury site. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) and our partners at the Univ. of Pittsburgh (UP) propose to develop a soft, flexible, neuromuscular electro-stimulation (ES) electrode prosthetic with elastic composite wires and controlled release of neurotransmitters and growth factors to maintain healthy muscle function and promote reinnervation at the NMJs.

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