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SMARTY® – Advanced Protection for Fall Mitigation.

Alba-Technic, LLC, ME, United States


SMARTY utilizes a patented, highly efficient dilatant/honeycomb impact resistance material system (EVO2â„¢) to reduce traumatic brain injury for older adults and for persons prone to falls. The protective headgear is designed for aesthetic appeal and comfort by using advanced materials and customized manufacturing techniques.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6


Value Proposition: SMARTY® is a lightweight, aesthetically pleasing protective device and is the only Primary Injury Prevention device of its kind that has demonstrated a remarkably high level of compliance in clinical trials.The impact resistant material system may be “tuned” to address severity of falls providing for more appropriate levels of protection.


Organization Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)

Showcase Booth #: 11M - 11T


Government Funding/Support to Date: The company received a Phase I award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging for $156,592 award #1R43AG033936-01 titled Development of Headwear To Prevent Fall-Related Injuries in Elderly Persons in 2009 and a follow-on Phase II, award #5-R44AG033936 in 2010 in the amount of $933,699. In 2014, the company received an NSF Phase I STTR award #1417120 for $224,647 under the Small Batch Manufacturing Topic for Customized Manufacture of Protective Headgear for Mitigation of Fall Related Injuries

Primary Sources of Funding: Personal Savings, Federal Grant, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners