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DoSI Innovation Challenge – Pressure Ulcers

Solutions for early detection, prevention, and improved management of pressure ulcers

The DoSI ‘Pressure Ulcer’ Innovation Challenge seeks inspiring and cutting-edge solutions for early detection, prevention, and improved management of pressure ulcers. Including decubiti and pressure sores on the feet, this challenge envisions a wide-range of possible solutions across many scientific disciplines such as drug- or cell-based therapies, smart/wearable technologies for improving imaging in early detection and/or prevention of ongoing injuries, as well as mechanical based solutions. We anticipate many solutions from a wide range of technologies with a broad range of objectives. What idea(s) do you have?


Pressure ulcers (a.k.a. bed-sores and pressure sores) are primarily caused by sustained pressure against the skin and underlying tissue, which restricts blood flow to the skin and nearby tissue. They are progressively becoming more common - increasing patient morbidity and mortality, as well as being costly for patients, their families, and the health care system. Each year, it is estimated that over 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure ulcers. These skin lesions are an associated risk for serious infection, and are an extremely painful burden, especially in elderly populations. Healthcare regulating bodies require regular risk assessment for pressure ulcer development with intervention plans based on the assessed risk. Current solutions are limited.


This DoSI ‘pressure ulcer’ challenge goes live on 1st June 2017 and candidates will have until July 25th 2017 (11:59 pm E.T.) to submit their idea(s). Voting ends on 5th August whereby the successful finalists will be asked to pitch their ideas at the next BCM Surgical Collaboration Day, to take place on Saturday Aug 26th at the TMC Innovation Institute. The full judging panel will be announced closer to the event. The winning candidates will receive up to $25,000 in research and development funds to translate their idea(s) into reality. They will work in conjunction with BCM DoSI and its extensive network in order to successfully prototype and validate their idea(s) (i.e. show proof of principle). This award is made available by the generosity and kindness of the Sue Nguyen Family in the form of the ‘Sue Nguyen DoSI award’. Good luck to all!

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