Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Awards Funding for Continuous Fall Risk and Activity Monitoring System
AFrame Digital, Inc., a research, design, and manufacturing firm in the forefront of mobile health monitoring services, is the recipient of a financial award from Virginia’s Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) managed by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). The award will be used to support the company’s continued research and development of mobile sensing technologies that increase access to health care and reduce costs.
The award supplements a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant received by the company from The National Institutes of Health for non-invasive activity assessment and falls prevention. The CRCF has awarded a total of $3.6 million to 22 Virginia-based organizations conducting research in targeted areas with commercial promise that align with the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap and economic growth.
“We’re honored to be selected for this important technology research grant and to receive recognition for the strategic importance of our research to economic growth,” said Cindy Crump, AFrame Founder, President, and CEO. “The funding will allow us to extend the analysis of millions of data points collected by the AFrame Digital MobileCare Monitor™ used by Virginia seniors in the study.”
The award supports research into automated techniques that non-invasively classify activities of daily living for health, wellness, and safety applications. These techniques promise to increase access to quality health care and reduce costs of chronic disease management, improve medication adherence, and enhance programs for psychological wellness.
“We will share this valuable data with George Mason University’s Bioengineering Department (GMU) and sponsor some exciting original research by creative students as part of their master’s thesis,” said Dr. Amy Papadopoulos, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at AFrame Digital.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with AFrame Digital to bring our expertise in biomedical signal processing and data analysis to this exciting project,” said Dr. Nathalia Peixoto, a bioengineering professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University.
The AFrame Digital FDA-cleared and patented MobileCare Monitor system is in commercial use in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, assisted and independent-living senior communities, and private residential settings. It is available through a national support network of resellers and system integrators serving these markets.
About AFrame Digital Inc.
AFrame Digital, Inc., www.aframedigital.com, was founded in 2005 to research, design and manufacture non-intrusive, wireless sensor-based monitoring and situational awareness solutions for long-term care and occupational safety. AFrame has received support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health, and is working closely with two large military treatment facilities, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), to develop models of injury and disease recovery for the bioinformatics analysis software portion of the system. The company’s MobileCare MonitorTM system received FDA clearance in 2009 for in-patient, outpatient and home care settings.
About the CRCF and R&T Roadmap
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities and business and industry.
The Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap is a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth will use to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and that will be eligible for new CRCF awards.
About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org
CIT is the state-chartered nonprofit corporation that conducts the business of the IEIA and accelerates innovation and the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development, and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers.