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U of New Mexico start-up receives the first orders for its head injury-tracking device for sports


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 9th, 2017

A start-up from the University of New Mexico (UNM) is getting its first orders for its wireless head-impact monitoring technology for sports applications.

As the sales come in, Pressure Analysis Co. (PAC) is moving closer to mass-manufacturing capability for its SmackCap device, and UNM’s Co-Investment Fund has awarded the company $100,000 to assist in that effort. In addition, PAC has secured a full license to commercialize the technology — which is being marketed for use in contact sports like football and soccer — from UNM’s Science and Technology Corp. (STC).

“We are extremely happy to have closed on the licensing deal and funding with STC,” says Scott Sibbitt, co-founder of PAC and inventor of the SmackCap, which uses imbedded sensors to collect head injury data during gameplay that can be read through a mobile device by coaches, trainers and parents of athletes.

“We have more than 100 pre-orders for SmackCaps,” Sibbitt says. “It is essential that we fill these orders soon and be ready to fill follow-on orders.”

The funding from UNM will help PAC accomplish this task, package the product, gain regulatory clearances, and complete wireless software development. PAC has also joined Team Technologies, a start-up accelerator that helps regional start-ups design and build new devices.

“The company is definitely on the move and making good progress,” says Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO of STC. “There’s a real need for long-term tracking of head injuries in contact sports. We believe the market is craving technology like this.”

Source: Albuquerque Journal

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