Smart Diaphragm

CONDITION ADDRESSED: Prematurity

Prevention
Prevention
Prevention
  • PREVENTION
  • DIAGNOSTIC
  • TREATMENT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Organization

University of California, San Francisco

Individual Contact

Etamadi Mozziyar | Email

Application

  • For use in resource-poor areas
  • Utilizing device based on familiar birth-control method (diaphragm) to detect changes in the cervical collagen of individual users that may be predictive of pre-term birth earlier than current methods
  • Allow providers to treat under-lying causes of preterm birth prior to early labor in hopes of reducing mortality and disability resulting from pre-term birth

Advantages

  • Early, inexpensive diagnostic for prematurity based on biological measures of cervical health
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Potential for identification of pre-term birth risk in individual women

Important Milestones Achieved

  • Prototype for use in humans developed
  • Proof of concept achieved in vitro
  • Clinical trial approved and begun

Proposed Next Steps in Development

Refine prototype to allow its use without the presence of a health-care provider

Stage of Development

Field/clinical studies

Funding Source

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vodafone Foundation