New medical device that detects complications with diabetes edges out four other technology products
Manchester, New Hampshire – A biomedical device whose inventors say will become industry standard for screening complications that result in ulcers and amputations for diabetic patients took home top honors at this year’s New Hampshire High Tech Council (Council) Product of the Year event. Prosenex of Hudson, New Hampshire won first place with its Dynamic Neuroscreening Device (DND), a more objective way to detect changes that signal a worsening condition for patients with diabetes.
Current technology used to do this is dated and imprecise. Prosenex’s DND is compliant with the recommendation of the American Diabetes Association and goals of the Affordable Healthcare Act. The noninvasive and handheld device addresses the unmet market needs of primary care physicians, podiatrists, neurologists, endocrinologists and occupational therapists in screening patients for small and large nerve fiber peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy is caused primarily by diabetes, but is also related to vitamin deficiencies, drug side effects and other causes. Presently, there is no other handheld, portable neuropathy screening device for the diabetic foot offering graded temperature and vibration discrimination that is suitable for mass production. It is designed to replace the current subjective, century-old method of detecting neuropathy and introduce innovative, research-supported graded temperature discrimination for small fiber neuropathy.
“The POY award is validation that innovation in the New Hampshire medical device community is alive and well,” said Michael Brown, President of Prosenex. “We’re grateful that the Council, judges and voting audience shared our vision with a goal of saving limbs and lives of diabetic patients around the world.”
At the ninth annual POY event, more than 200 people, including New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, were on hand as the Council honored the top five companies competing for Product of the Year award. Those five finalists were selected by the judges from a larger pool of candidates in October. Finalists previewed their products during a reception before the event, and then made seven-minute presentations as part of their effort to encourage the audience to vote for their product. The popular vote and previous judging by a panel of business and technology experts were equally weighed, and Prosenex took top honors for 2014. The four other 2014 finalists and Judge’s Award winners were Akumina Interchange by Akumina, E.S.P. Smoke Detection by Valor Fire Safety, Riddell InSite Impact Response System by Simbex and RuleGate® by Centripetal Networks, Inc. (CNI).
“You are creating jobs and inspiring your fellow citizens,” said New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, who offered remarks to last night’s audience and finalists. “That unleashes talent and energy that makes New Hampshire not only the best place for innovation, but the best democracy on Earth, and that is because of the kind of innovation and excitement that leaders like all of you generate.”
Prosenex earned the prestigious NH High Tech Council Product of the Year crystal trophy, designed by master crystal cutter Pepi Herrmann of Gilford, New Hampshire. Prosenex’s name will be engraved into the trophy, which along with an exhibit featuring the DND, will be on display at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for the next year.
“The products in the running this year were truly exceptional,” said Matt Cookson, Executive Director for the Council. “From products that save lives to products that improve the quality of life at both work and home, it’s clear that New Hampshire’s innovation economy is alive and well.”
Major sponsors of the 2014 POY reception were Autodesk; BerryDunn; Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson; Cross Insurance; Dyn; FairPoint Communications; Hanover Insurance, Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.; Public Service of New Hampshire; and Single Digits.
About the NH High Tech Council: The NH High Tech Council engages, connects, and supports member companies throughout New Hampshire. As the largest member-driven technology association in the state, the Council supports research, innovation, and economic and workforce development efforts that have helped New Hampshire become a national leader in entrepreneurship and business. For more information, visit NHHTC.org.