Fifth Call Awards

Handheld forced oscillation device for improved detection and monitoring of airway disease

Anurag Agrawal

CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi
Ashutosh Sabharwal

Cognita Labs and Rice University, Houston, TX
The Problem:

Lack of simple and accurate diagnostic tests makes lung disease among the top three threats to public health. Currently available method i.e. Spirometry requires expert supervision and is not sensitive enough for detection of lung disease.

The Solution:

The team proposes to field-test and commercialize a handheld, portable, battery operated Forces Oscillometry (FOT) device (named SmartCMOT) that uses novel design and analysis elements to improve diagnosis in the field, while lowering price by 90% and reducing the risk of infection transmission between patients. This would permit early, accurate, and cost-effective assessment.

Jaipur Belt (Belt system for body support)

Ganesh Ram Jangir

Newndra Innovations Pvt Ltd, Jaipur
Paul Scott

MedSpark, LLC, Obispo, CA
The Problem:

A common problem for wide range of professions is back and waist pain. Possible remedies include intake of high doses of painkillers or usage of constrictive elastic belts which usually restrict body movements. Surgery of the spine is complex and can have severe side-effects in addition to very long recovery times.

The Solution:

JaipurBelt™ is a cost effective solution that can minimize a patient’s pain and drudgery. It is useful for many applications, including manual lifting, frequent bending up and down, or other situations where high levels of stress are applied to the spine and waist without restricting body movements.

Moving beyond the pavement: Affordable mobility for users around the world

Sudhir Mehta

Pinnacle Industries Ltd., Pithampur
Tish Scolnik

GRIT , Cambridge, MA
The Problem:

People with disabilities face serious challenges as regular wheelchairs don’t meet most of their needs. The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is an all-terrain wheelchair designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities around the world. Version one (LFC1) is currently in production in India. It is rugged and ultra-low-cost, but does not fold, making shipping and transportation difficult. Version two (LFC2) is currently in production in the United States. It folds and uses efficient manufacturing techniques to produce, but is too expensive to be viable in emerging markets.

The Solution:

The team proposes a third version-LFC3 manufactured at scale in India and designed to be both low-cost and foldable. Combining the mobility offered by the LFC1 with the folding and manufacturing improvements of the LFC2, it will help to achieve a global scale and provide life-changing mobility.