A Highlands Ranch company will work with the U.S. Air Force to enhance the design, packaging and kitting of the company's patented airway stabilization system, SolidAIRity.
At the U.S. Air Force's inaugural Pitch Day competition in New York City, Securisyn Medical LLC was awarded a $158,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract, according to a news release.
Through the contract, Securisyn Medical will work directly with the Air Force Special Operations Community to enhance SolidAIRity to help prevent unplanned extubation or the accidental removal of a life-sustaining breathing tube.
“We are honored and humbled to have been chosen by the Air Force to partner with them toward a much-needed solution for protecting their greatest assets,” Securisyn Medical CEO Mark Bruning said in the release. “We approached this unique opportunity with the singular goal of delivering an innovative solution to our troops, and this contract award is additional validation that what we're doing is meaningful to warfighters on the front lines. Securisyn will use the funds to further optimize our device based on feedback from the evaluation teams and from the field.”
Securisyn co-founder Elyse Blazevich delivered the company's winning pitch, which was singled out as one of the top three out of 60 presentations and featured in Air Force Magazine.
“Forging this incredibly important partnership with the Air Force to lead the fight in ending unplanned extubation for all warfighters and civilians is a huge milestone for our small company,” Blazevich said in the release.
The pitch competition was presented by the Air Force with the goal of inspiring and accelerating startup creativity toward national security challenges without the traditional daunting challenges of contracting with the military, the release said.
SolidAIRity is an integrated endotracheal tube securement system. Its patented interlocking restraint system places an interface on the tube for active participation in the stabilization of a patient's life-sustaining breathing tube against greater external forces, unlike traditional tube holders that ineffectively pinch, squeeze or adhere to a smooth, slippery plastic tube surface, the release said.
Securisyn intends to use its technology to help civilian and military health care facilities in critical care areas such as intensive care units, emergency departments and operating rooms, along with ground and air medical transportation entities.
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