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Finalists and Honorable Mentions

Abundant Oxygen, submitted by Chemventive

State-of-the-art portable oxygen concentrator units weighing under 3 pounds currently provide 2.5 hours of oxygen on a single battery charge. This novel solution increases the efficiency of these units by up to 30% by using an AI-based approach in fan and compressor design, thus providing patients with a welcome and extended mobility window.

The team members, with extensive chemical and engineering skill sets, have an established record of success in providing practical solutions to complex problems, as exemplified by more than 32 wins in open innovation challenges.


AIRS POC with Higher Flows and Remote Monitoring, submitted by AIRS

The new Portable Oxygen Concentrator with higher flows and remote monitoring features can help ensure oxygen users are receiving the correct amount of oxygen. The concentrator remotely monitors the users and their oxygen and sends oxygen level data to the AIRS app portal. This allows a respiratory therapist to view the numbers and make recommendations as needed.         

AIRS is located in Newaygo, Michigan, and its team comprises Valerie Obenchain, Diana Kasza, Greg Last, Adam Heintzelmen and Arieh Halpern. AIRS has partnered for services from in2being, Fanzoo, and Rose Medical located in Michigan.


Automatically Adjusting Smart POC, submitted by Baltimore Respiratory Innovations, LLC

Baltimore Respiratory Innovations (BRI) is developing a closed-loop, remote patient monitoring-enabled portable oxygen concentrator to provide increased oxygen supply duration and greater peace of mind to ambulatory oxygen patients and their healthcare providers.

The BRI founders met at a Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering program while conducting research into portable oxygen therapy. They bring a wealth of technical, practical, and translational knowledge to the table.


AutO2: Automating Oxygen Dosing in Real-Time, submitted by Lisa Lancaster and team

AutO2 provides automated oxygen monitoring and dosing in real time, allowing patients wearing oxygen to be free of having to constantly think about adjusting their oxygen flow rates as their activity levels change.

AutO2 is led by Lisa Lancaster, a leading expert in Interstitial Lung Disease. Her team includes Masood Machingal, an expert in tech development; George Wilson, who works on optimizeing the flow of innovation to the marketplace at Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization; and Chris Thompson, a software developer who strategizes with complex system design.


BreatheEasy™ Anywhere, submitted by the HealO Medical Team

BreatheEasy Anywhere™ is a comprehensively improved oxygen delivery platform that boosts the oxygen delivered to the lungs. It does this by eliminating wastage of oxygen due to entrainment. The burden of carrying an oxygen concentrator is off-loaded to an easy-to-push, swivel-wheeled mobile platform that doubles as a carrier and a fall preventer. Patients can travel further and easier with a more powerful oxygen generator.       

The HealO Medical team comprises a seasoned group of engineers, a project manager, and quality assurance and user interface professionals. They are led by Edward Lin, M.D., a board-certified anesthesiologist and creative inventor. The team has a track record of prior innovations in important leading-edge medical devices.


Recycled Air Return Oxygen Concentrator, submitted by Lost & Lucky Labs

The Recycled Air Return Oxygen Concentrator takes oxygen-rich air exhaled from the user and feeds it back through the device.  Because human lungs only absorb about 5% of the provided supplemental oxygen, this exhaled air is significantly more oxygenated than the surrounding air.  Allowing the concentrator to start with such oxygen-rich air allows for greater efficiencies throughout the system.

Consisting of two aerospace engineers – Steve Day and Bo Wernick – the Lost & Lucky Labs team has 20 years of collective engineering experience.  The team particularly enjoys seeking out problems requiring multi-disciplined product development solutions.


RESPIRE: Provide Day-Long O2 and Fits in a Purse, submitted by Hawai'i Innovation

Current methods, such as pressure swing absorption or vacuum swing adsorption, use power-intensive pressurized systems to remove nitrogen for concentrating oxygen. In contrast, the RESPIRE selectively and stoichiometrically concentrates oxygen directly from the surrounding air, using a reversible oxygen absorber. Upon heating to 100°C, it desorbs the oxygen, which is supplied to the patient through a delivery system.

Hawai’i Innovation consists of industry and academy researchers who have more than 43 years of collective experience. Their research expertise, which includes microfabrication, electronic microdevices, microfluidics, and inorganic synthesis, uniquely positions them to drive the innovation to reality.


Thermoelectric Energy Recovery, submitted by Team Sonaphase

This solution is expected to reduce the physical size of units by 30%, while increasing the battery life by as much as 3X over existing products. It does this by leveraging an innovative thermoelectric energy recovery system in combination with a unique battery design.

This team has been professionally developing hardware-based robotics, drone, IoT, power electronics and sensor systems for the last 25 years. As an Air You Wear Challenge finalist, the team is excited for the opportunity to develop the next generation of oxygen concentrators.


Honorable Mentions

The NHLBI is pleased to recognize the following honorable mentions. While these teams will not be advancing to the next stage, they should be commended for their noteworthy submissions:

  • Adaptively Controlled Oxygen Concentrator RPSA, submitted by Lehigh University & The University of Alabama
  • Catch Your Breath!, submitted by Nicholas Wynn, Diane Parry, and Carol Bennett