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NSBRI Funds Cerebrotech to Accelerate Development of Brain Monitoring Device
Date:3/12/2013

HOUSTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) announced today that Cerebrotech Medical Systems, Incorporated of Pleasanton, California is the recipient of the 2013 Space Medicine and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program (SMARTCAP) award. Cerebrotech will receive a $250,000 grant to advance the development of its non-invasive portable monitor to detect changes in brain fluid levels. 

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SMARTCAP is an openly solicited competitive program intended for small U.S. companies developing biomedical products that have the potential to safeguard the health of astronauts in space, as well as meet a medical need of patients on Earth. The program is managed and overseen by NSBRI's Industry Forum.

"By developing disruptive solutions for medical care in space, we are also impacting health care on Earth," said Dr. Dorit Donoviel , NSBRI Deputy Chief Scientist and Industry Forum Lead. "NSBRI's mission is to ensure astronaut health and use the knowledge and technologies developed for humans in space to improve life on Earth. The NSBRI Industry Forum engages the private sector to provide solutions for human spaceflight. Because a high bar is set for medical care in space, solutions developed for space generally possess unique features that translate to a competitive commercial advantage in terrestrial markets."

The SMARTCAP award is contingent on companies raising matched funding from a non-federal source, and is intended to position selected technologies for follow-on support from investors, potential industry partners or other funding entities.

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