FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Richard M. Greenwald
SIMBEX AWARDED PHASE I ARMY SBIR FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW COST BLAST DOSIMETER
Concept builds on patented HIT System™ technology for monitoring head impacts in helmeted sports
Lebanon, NH – November 1, 2009 - Research and product development firm Simbex was awarded
a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the United States Army for development
of a low-cost blast dosimeter for use in the military. Principal Investigator Jeff Chu, Vice
President of Engineering at Simbex, will lead the development of this novel and low cost
approach to monitoring blast impacts. The work builds upon Simbex's successful Head Impact
Telemetry (HIT) System for helmeted sports.
“This next generation blast dosimeter utilizes novel sensing and processing electronics
to provide immediate feedback to field personnel about injured soldiers in the field due
to the blast. More importantly, the information gained about the effects of blast in the
field will help further enhance our understanding of blast effects on the brain leading to
improvements in medical care and soldier protective equipment.”, said Chu. The low-cost
blast dosimeter hits a price point that makes it possible to provide the highest level of
protection to all soldiers.
The low cost blast dosimeter will be delivered to the US Army Aeromedical Research
Laboratory (USAARL) for evaluation in June 2010. "We are honored to provide the US
Army with this technology for monitoring the effects of blast impacts that continue to
affect our soldiers on the battlefield", commented Simbex President Richard Greenwald, PhD.
About Simbex LLC
Simbex is a research and product development company whose core expertise is biomechanical feedback systems. The company develops marketable products and solutions from emerging technologies for active life improvement in the areas of prosthetics, sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. The founders are internationally recognized experts in their fields and have decades of experience in the area of functional evaluation and efficacy assessment of complex biomechanical systems for the sporting goods, orthopedic and exercise equipment industries. The research branch of the company is supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. For further information about Simbex, visit the company's Web site at http://www.simbex.com.