Can this startup save the NFL? High-tech helmet aims to dramatically reduce brain trauma
A concussion crisis is impacting American football at all levels. One out of every three retired NFL players is expected to develop long-term cognitive problems; doctors are criticizing the NCAA for how it protects student-athletes from head trauma; and parents — from LeBron James to Brett Favre — are skeptical of allowing their children to play football due to safety concerns. The future of the NFL, the country’s most popular professional sport, hangs in the balance. Enter Vicis, a new University of Washington spinout that has developed an innovative helmet designed to mitigate the forces that are thought to cause concussions on the football field and in other contact sports. The founding team behind Vicis is impressive. Marver has over two decades of business experience in the medical device space; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Samuel Browd is the director for Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program; Chief Technology Officer Per Reinhall is the chairman of the UW Mechanical Engineering Department; and Chief Science Officer Jonathan Posner is an associate professor at the UW Mechanical Engineering Department and an expert in fluid dynamics.
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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.
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Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.
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