Rhaeos awarded Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Research Grant

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PRESS RELEASE: Rhaeos awarded Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Research Grant

Chicago, Illinois, December 14, 2018 – Rhaeos has been chosen as a recipient of the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Research Grant for the upcoming year for the project “Evaluating the Use of Wireless, Thermal Sensors in the Detection of Ventricular Shunt Function”. Rhaeos’ technology was developed through interdisciplinary efforts between materials scientists led by John A. Rogers, PhD of the Simpson-Querrey Institute for Bio-Integrated Electronics and neurological surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Amit Ayer, MD MBA was presented the $10,000 award by Kim Illions, President of the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, and Danielle Schaeffer, Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Illinois State Chapter Director. This funding will aid in the development and production of the sensor technology along with the implementation of a forthcoming clinical study in mid-2019 at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Rhaeos, Inc. was founded in 2018 after years of interdisciplinary efforts between the Rogers group and neurosurgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After promising initial benchtop experiments incorporating flexible, bioelectronics in thermal flow measurements, this technology was translated to patients in a small, proof-of-concept clinical study in late 2017. A preliminary patent was filed in May 2018 by Northwestern University’s Innovation and New Ventures Office. A 5-patient study was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with benchtop and clinical findings published in Science Translational Medicine in October 2018.
Rhaeos’ noninvasive, wearable sensor allows for the dynamic evaluation of patients with indwelling ventricular shunts. In this manner, personalized individual patient cerebrospinal fluid hydrodynamic data may be wirelessly transmitted to a mobile application for clinician or academic use. This has the potential to mitigate the substantive costs associated with expensive, inaccurate, and painful diagnostic testing.
“We are tremendously grateful for the work of the Illions family and the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation,” said Siddharth Krishnan, PhD candidate at the Rogers group and a fundamental contributor to the academic work. “We would like to thank the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation for their support and all that they do for patients and families with hydrocephalus.”
Rhaeos, Inc.is a wearable soft electronic ventricular shunt monitor for use in the care of hydrocephalic patients.
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