Own the Harvest
Farmers need pesticides to protect growing crops. But at harvest time, pesticides are a problem. Regulations impose strict waiting periods between pesticide application and harvest, up to 66 days. AgroSpheres are engineered biological particles that degrade residual pesticides on the surface of plants, allowing crops to be safely harvested after just a few hours. This helps farmers avoid crop loss due to unforeseen weather events and at the same time saves the environment from additional pesticides.
Lighting the Fight Against Infection
Central line catheters provide a direct way to deliver medicines, fluids, or nutrients to patients over an extended period of time, often weeks or months. However, these catheters also make it easier for bacteria to enter the body and are responsible for 240,000 infections every year. Cathecare uses ultraviolet light to continually and automatically sterilize the hub, the most-handled portion of the catheter and the most susceptible to bacterial growth, stopping infections in their tracks.
Smart, Early Cancer Detection
Cervical cancer is very treatable in high-income countries that use laboratory screening tests to identify its early signs. However, the disease still devastates women in low and middle-income countries, where 90 percent of all cervical cancer deaths occur. The cerVIA system uses a camera and algorithm through a smartphone application to enhance the standard visual exam method used in developing countries. It helps to provide more accurate early diagnoses, no lab required.
Cancer Knocked Out Cold
Breast cancer rates are rising in low and middle-income countries, but access to treatment is not. Standard procedures such as lumpectomies or mastectomies are impractical because they require general anesthesia, are expensive, and have lengthy recovery times. With cryoablation, carbon dioxide gas freezes a probe that kills tumor cells, and insertion of this probe requires only local anesthesia, greatly reducing the cost and time of recovery. This treatment is a promising option for women in desperate need.
The Sure-fire Fire Extinguisher
Household fires start quickly and double in size every 60 seconds, leaving little time to find and successfully operate the common red tank-style extinguisher. SEAL is a supplemental, easy-to-use, accessible, and lightweight fire extinguishing ball designed to slow or stop all types of small fires quickly and safely. The device is small, maintenance-free, and attractive enough to keep in plain sight, saving valuable seconds in the event of a fire.
AesculaGel: Thermally Responsive Hydrogels for Ocular Drug Delivery
Glaucoma Stopped Without the Drops
In the United States, 120,000 people become blind every year due to glaucoma. Proper treatment can stop the progression of the disease. However, half of all patients are unable to follow the required daily application of eye drops, and correct dosing is challenging. AesculaGel is a sustained drug delivery gel that is inserted directly into a tear duct by a doctor just four times a year. This method ensures more precise dosing and helps to stop vision loss.
Bladeless Drone: Ducted Counter-Vortex Radial Impeller Propulsion
A New Flight Pattern
Rotor blades have propelled our aircraft and helicopters for years. John Mohyi thinks it’s time for an update. His drone replaces blades with closed impeller vanes and captures additional thrust lost in traditional rotor blade systems. Among other applications, this patent-pending technology has the potential to power drones that are safer, quieter, and therefore well-suited to enhance the growing consumer and delivery drone industries.
Nonspec: Adjustable Prosthetics
Building a Better Prosthetic
Freedom from a disability — that’s the power of a prosthetic. However, this freedom can be expensive as prosthetics are often specifically tailored and built for one patient at a time. Nonspec’s adjustable prosthetic system uses standard, mass-producible components that are easily customized to each wearer, and can also “grow” with a child over time. These production innovations could make life-changing prosthetics available and affordable to people in developing nations.
Rolosense is an entirely new class of DNA machine that turns chemical energy into rolling motion. This molecular vehicle carries a bead just five microns in diameter at speeds 1,000 times faster than previous motors. The speed of the bead through a sample can indicate the presence of a single gene variation or detect a variety of molecules such as lead using a smartphone application. This could make advanced testing for disease and contaminants more efficient in remote areas when it’s needed most.
SmartPOT Powered by AgQ: A.I. for Agriculture
Farming for Mars
Human survival on Earth, Mars, or other planets will require food to be grown on planet. The SmartPOT Powered by AgQ is being tested and refined for Earth applications today to achieve this interplanetary goal. SPOT is a self-monitored, automated growth chamber backed by an artificial intelligence system. These work together to automatically monitor, alert, diagnose, and predict data trends – improving yields and optimizing the plant and human’s health. To broccoli and beyond.
SuonoCalm: Device for the At-Home Rapid Administration of Therapeutics
Ultrasonic and Ultra-Fast Relief
Over 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Rectal delivery of medication can be an effective treatment but must be retained for hours or even overnight for greatest efficacy, something that is often impossible for patients. SuonoCalm is a device designed to deliver a wide range of medications directly into tissue using low-frequency ultrasound. Tests have shown superior drug absorption, and it takes just one minute.