Green Sun Medical Awarded $1M National Science Foundation Grant for Whisper Scoliosis Brace Intelligence Platform
Medical device company awarded NSF grant to commercialize innovative scoliosis brace
Green Sun Medical, a pioneer in non-surgical scoliosis treatment solutions, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for $1M to commercialize an advanced sensor system for the connected Whisper Scoliosis Brace.
This intelligence platform will provide live wear time data to patients, caregivers and providers. Showing patients retrospective data has been proven to increase compliance and reduce the need for complex scoliosis surgeries. The platform will collect data from smart pads and empower clinicians to prescribe more effective treatments and optimize healthcare resources needed to treat adolescent scoliosis.
Green Sun Medical is a graduate company of the Colorado-based Innosphere Ventures accelerator program that supports MedTech and Advanced Industry startup companies. Green Sun Medical is also headquartered at Innosphere’s incubator facility that includes specialized laboratory and office space in Fort Collins, CO.
The Whisper Brace has attracted some of the world’s thought leaders in scoliosis treatment including Dr. David Skaggs, Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Commenting on the intelligence system, Dr. Skaggs said, “The smart pad can assure accurate pressure is being applied to prevent discomfort and support better patient compliance. The combination of the sensors and the physician dashboard assures us that the patient is not wearing the brace in vain and will allow us to know when to adjust the brace over time to account for growth and curve correction.”
Jamie Haggard, CEO of Green Sun Medical said, “We are honored and grateful to the NSF for this grant supporting the enhancement of the Whisper Brace. Scoliosis is a complex three-dimensional deformity of the spine, and to improve treatment, we developed the Whisper ring technology to drastically change traditional, rigid bracing. With the SBIR grant funds, we will further develop our integrated smart technology designed to capture every moment of our dynamic brace and track the trends with the interventions that we apply.”
The Whisper Brace is a comfortable and flexible dynamic solution for treating patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It is built from modular components and allows each scoliosis patient to have a custom brace designed specifically for their anatomy. The Whisper Brace will debut in September at the 2021 Scoliosis Research Society annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN. To learn more about Green Sun Medical visit http://www.greensunmedical.com.
About Green Sun Medical:
Green Sun Medical was founded to transform non-surgical treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. The company has developed a connected, dynamic scoliosis brace that applies continuous corrective pressure and allows the physicians track the performance of the brace in real time. Green Sun Medical has won numerous grants and awards, including the global MedTech Innovator Competition.