CLEVELAND CLINIC SPINOFF PREVENT BIOMETRICS® SHOWCASES HEAD IMPACT MONITOR AT CES 2017
Prevent Biometrics® is releasing and showcasing their new Head Impact Monitor at CES 2017. The Head Impact Monitor is embedded in the mouthguard that is paired with a mobile app to accurately detect potential concussion-causing impacts and provides real-time alerts.
I am very excited to check this out at CES though odd I'm excited about a mouthguard. I played women's lacrosse at Texas State University and I have definitely taken it for the team a couple times on the field. If you have ever been hit in the face with a lacrosse ball or got hit on your head in full swing with a lacrosse stick you would understand why I'm excited. That happened to me while on the field and not just once or twice but almost every other game. One time I got hit so hard by someone's stick it knocked me out. The Head Impact Monitor by Prevent Biometrics® would have been handy way back then.
Minneapolis (Jan. 5, 2017) — Studies show that each year, more than half the estimated 3.8 million sports concussions in the U.S. go undetected.1 At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) in Las Vegas, Prevent Biometrics® will showcase the first product to accurately detect potential concussion-causing impacts in real-time on the field of play.
With a mission to advance concussion research and improve athlete and sport safety through accurate head impact data, Prevent’s head impact monitor will take today’s observational, subjective and inaccurate method of identifying athletes for concussion assessment, and turn it into an objective, accurate, data-driven process.
“Advances in concussion safety start with accurate head impact data. When you can accurately measure head impacts in real time, there are immediate benefits to athletes on the field of play and to the researchers, scientists and engineers working to make sports safer,” said Steve Washburn, Prevent Biometrics® co-founder and CEO.
Prevent’s technology was developed by neurosurgeons and engineers at Cleveland Clinic with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others. Cleveland Clinic remains Prevent Biometrics® product development partner and maintains an equity interest in the company.
According to recent research by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program, players who stay in the game after head trauma take nearly twice as long to recover as athletes who leave the game immediately.2 When it comes to concussions, immediate detection and full recovery are key to preventing long-term damage.3
“Even with the best equipment, player technique, rules of play and education, concussions can’t be prevented. We want kids to experience the life-changing benefits of sports without risking the consequences of playing with this invisible injury,” said Washburn.
Prevent Biometrics, founded in 2015 and based in Minneapolis, completed a Series A funding round of $2.5 million. Along with Cleveland Clinic, the company is also a recent sub-awardee of a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Detecting potential concussion-causing impacts: how it works
Embedded in a mouthguard and paired with a mobile app, Prevent’s impact monitor continually monitors the athlete, collecting every head impact received. If an impact force exceeds a preset threshold, a red LED immediately illuminates on the mouthguard and an alert is sent to team personnel through the mobile app.
The head impact monitor uses a patented deformable body algorithm to measure the force, direction and location of head impacts in real time, providing the most accurate and comprehensive view of athlete head impacts. Prevent’s head impact monitor is extremely accurate, with an error rate of +/- 5 percent, and is the only product to have its accuracy proven in a peer-reviewed study, which was based on the NFL Validation Standard.“Research has shown that accurate head impact measurements are impossible to achieve without a secure coupling to the skull. This is why we chose to embed our impact monitor in a mouthguard, and develop our technology and intellectual property around this concept,” said Washburn.
Prevent Biometrics® plans to offer two versions of its head impact monitor for athletes ages 11 and older, starting at $199. Beta testing is underway with youth and high school athletes, as well as in studies being conducted by leading concussion researchers at major universities. The company is targeting a 2017 launch in six markets, with nationwide availability by 2018.
About Prevent Biometrics® Inc.
Prevent Biometrics®, a Cleveland Clinic spin-off, was established in 2015 in Minneapolis. The company has developed the first and only concussion impact monitoring technology that accurately detects potential concussion-causing impacts in real-time. For additional information visit PreventBiometrics.com.