Technical.ly Baltimore: A UMB-born startup making a smart mouthguard for athletes just got a funding boost
Monday, October 18, 2021
The $250K Small Business Innovation Research funding for WrightGuard Innovation Corp. will help the dentist-founded startup as it moves through prototyping and testing.
A University of Maryland, Baltimore startup developing a smart mouthguard is getting a product development boost in the form of non-dilutive grant funding.
The WrightGuard Innovations Corporation received $256,000 from the National Science Foundation through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
Invented by dentists, the company’s smart mouthguard technology is designed with sensors and wireless communication capabilities to collect real-time biometric data that can monitor health and performance for athletes, all targeted at improving safety. The technology can measure movement, impact forces, pH and hydration levels, as well as body temperature.
The grant funding will enable the company to move forward in the prototyping and beta testing phase for the seven-member team. A top funding source for startups that spring from university-based research, the SBIR program also offers follow-on funding, known as a Phase II grant, for startups that reach key milestones.
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