2015 Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program Makes Huge Impact for Small Companies

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The MTAP state financed program creates an opportunity for start-up ZetrOZ, Inc. to partner with CCAT in developing wearable bio-electronic devices for the delivery of sustained acoustic medicine.

ZetrOZ product concept (pictured left) and prototype fabricated by CCAT using 3D printing.

The CCAT staff has been supportive throughout the project, providing advice and collaborating with our internal engineering team to develop product solutions and process improvements.

The 2015 Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program (MTAP), a state legislative financed program, is providing small companies with an opportunity to collaborate on product development with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). The program focuses on innovative companies with fewer than 100 employees looking to access CCAT’s expertise and cutting-edge manufacturing technology.

Under MTAP, CCAT is working with ZetrOZ, Inc. to develop wearable bioelectronic devices that deliver sustained acoustic medicine, a new treatment form built from ZetrOZ’s proprietary miniaturized ultrasound technology.

Incubated at Cornell University and founded in Ithaca, New York in 2009, ZetrOZ relocated to Trumbull, Conn. in 2012 after receiving an investment from Connecticut Innovations. The company has since launched its first FDA cleared device, SAM® Professional System, which is the first of its kind in delivering continuous ultrasound therapy for up to four hours per day.

“At CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), we are able to assist small and mid-sized companies in developing specific design and production solutions with our advanced manufacturing technology,” said Eric Wold, CCAT machining applications specialist. “Using 3D Systems’ ProJet 5500x multi-material 3D printer, CCAT was able to quickly, and cost effectively, create numerous iterations of ZetrOZ’s plastic housings that contain the system electronics.”

ZetrOZ’s Director of Engineering Eric Kolb stated, “ZetrOZ is using CCAT’s additive manufacturing technologies to prototype next generation concepts of SAM®. The CCAT staff has been instrumental in accelerating our product development.”

The SAM® Professional System is currently used by professional athletes, dancers and a wide range of individuals suffering from injuries affecting muscles, tendons, or ligaments. SAM® is designed to alleviate pain and accelerate a patient’s recovery time, potentially eliminating the need for surgery and getting a patient back to work more rapidly.

“With our team of industry professionals at the AMC, we offer companies customized support using the latest equipment for metal additive manufacturing, multi-material 3D printing, and precision machining,” said Wold.

“The CCAT staff has been supportive throughout the project, providing advice and collaborating with the ZetrOZ engineering team to develop product solutions and process improvements," added Kolb. “It’s also been great that the MTAP program has been designed with flexibility and minimal bureaucracy to benefit companies like ZetrOZ that have limited resources and are on tight development timelines.”

ABOUT CCAT
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., is a leader and go-to resource for strengthening competitiveness and high-tech business development in the state, region and nation. CCAT focuses on three core areas: technology, efficiencies and workforce development, with expertise in manufacturing technology, IT, education and workforce strategies, and alternative energy. Through the synergy of its experienced teams, advanced technologies and extensive partnerships, CCAT provides manufacturers, educators, government, nonprofits and entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to tackle economic challenges, compete and succeed.

ABOUT ZETROZ, INC.
ZetrOZ develops wearable bioelectronic devices for the delivery of sustained acoustic medicine, a new treatment form. Built on a proprietary miniaturized ultrasound platform designed for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, ZetrOZ devices are clinically proven to enhance tissue recovery, accelerate the body’s natural healing processes, and relieve pain. For more information, visit http://www.zetroz.com.

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