Jeannette P. Owens
Glenn Research Center

February 19, 2009
RELEASE : 09-006
NASA and ZIN Technologies Share NorTech Innovation Award
CLEVELAND--A medical device developed by NASA's Glenn Research Center and ZIN Technologies Inc. was selected to receive the 2009 Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, or NorTech, Innovation Award. The awards were presented during a dinner reception and ceremony February 18 at Windows on the River in downtown Cleveland.

Each year NorTech showcases the achievements of companies, entrepreneurs, universities and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio whose new products, processes and services have made a significant impact in the region and on the global technology economy. This year Glenn and ZIN Technologies were recognized for their invention of a compact wireless biometric real time monitoring system called BioWATCH. The system was designed to monitor the health of astronauts while in space.

While BioWATCH is still being tested for spaceflight, the medical research community has begun using BioWATCH to measure a patient's pulse, blood pressure, glucose, temperature or joint angles. The data is then sent to doctors in real time over wireless networks.

BioWATCH technology has up to four times longer battery life than monitors currently in use and comes in a package that is smaller and lighter. The system, which is modular and ambulatory, is the only available instrument that can be used to monitor patients across a broad range of medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, congestive obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea. It may also be used for vertebral artery dissection monitoring and consumer wellness.

Developers of this breakthrough technology include three Glenn researchers, physical scientist DeVon W. Griffin of Medina, aerospace engineer Gail P. Perusek of Lakewood, and human research program manager Marsha M. Nall of Independence, and three ZIN Technologies researchers, electrical engineer Alan Chmiel of Avon Lake, systems engineer Brad Humphreys of Lakewood, and vice president for technology Carlos Grodsinsky of Hinckley.

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