ActiveProtective and Boston Device Development Prepare for TEDMED

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Device development collaboration results in a novel wearable product that prevents hip fractures.

Medical startup ActiveProtective, with support from product development firm, Boston Device Development (BDD), will present at TEDMED in Washington, D.C. this September 10-12. CEO Drew Lakatos will discuss ActiveProtective’s wearable airbag technology that prevents hard-to-heal hip fractures in elderly patients.

One in three people over the age of 65 fall every year and many do not recover. ActiveProtective’s technology prevents hip fractures through a garment that continuously monitors movement and deploys an airbag around at-risk areas of the femur during sudden falls. As CEO Drew Lakatos says, “This technology has the potential to prevent the previously unpreventable.”

ActiveProtective and Boston Device Development collaborated in exploring various form factors for the new device, ultimately selecting a belt-like solution that patients can wear outside of their clothing. The working prototype is small, lightweight, and offers a style that appeals to both men and women. In addition to exploring product embodiments, BDD was also responsible for the engineering design, ensuring that the airbag inflates in a small fraction of the time that it takes for a falling body to reach the ground. “We are thrilled,” BDD Founder Eric Sugalski says, “to be part of transforming this novel medical concept into a compelling product that could protect so many people.”

ActiveProtective was founded by Dr. Robert Buckman, a former Lieutenant Colonel combat surgeon, who identified the tremendous need for hip fracture protection in becoming the Head of Trauma for two Philadelphia-based hospitals. He experienced the enormous fall-related crisis facing emergency centers and wanted to find a solution for protecting patients. As Buckman says, “ActiveProtective seeks to change the way we care for our independent elderly and make hip fractures a preventable condition.”

About Boston Device Development

Boston Device Development (BDD) offers expertise in product development for a range of industries including the medical, scientific, industrial, and consumer fields. Founded in early 2009 to help MIT spinouts transform new technologies into market-ready devices, BDD provides product development services to entrepreneurs and established businesses alike from their offices in Boston and Philadelphia.

About ActiveProtective Technologies, Inc.

ActiveProtective (APT) is a leader in developing active technology garments in order to prevent the most damaging, painful, and costly human injuries. APT is using 3D sensors to determine falls and crashes in progress, and then deploy wearable airbags in order to protect prior to impact. Founded in 2006, they’ve chosen to focus on hip fracture protection and the age-at-home market first, but additional applications include medical, military, and sport.

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