Highlights of the Challenge: Grant Funding for Small U.S.-based Companies
NSBRI Industry Forum announces the Vision for Mars challenge aimed at safeguarding the eye in space by way of a public-private partnership that brings together a veritable “dream team” of world renowned ophthalmologists and business people and Industry Forum and its advisors (Astronauts, Researchers, Executives, and Doctors) to determine the etiology of and treatments for a newly described visual impairment syndrome in astronauts. NASA needs next generation clinical diagnostic and research-enabling technologies that will provide critical information about ocular health during spaceflight. These technologies must be small, robust and easy to use for non-experts.
The Vision for Mars challenge coincides with an ongoing Industry Forum initiative called SMARTCAP (Space Medical and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program), which identifies and funds small U.S.-based companies developing disruptive medical technologies. The NSBRI Industry Forum and NSBRI’s Science Office will convene key industry leaders with expertise in ophthalmology and medical device commercialization in order to identify appropriate diagnostic technologies worthy of support. Competitive funding opportunities provided through SMARTCAP will fast-track development for operational use. This initiative will help mitigate the Risk of Spaceflight-Induced Vision Impairment and Intracranial Pressure (VIIP) Syndrome.
The Vision for Mars Team was briefed by NASA and NSBRI on the ophthalmic findings in astronauts during the November 6th conference in Houston. The team spent the afternoon discussing the needs and required technologies and made several important recommendations. Read More
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