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NASA iTech Finalists Announced

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NASA iTech Finalists Invited to Washington to Present Future Space Exploration Technology Ideas

Ten finalists who submitted some of the most promising ideas to fill critical technology challenges of future space exploration have been invited to present their potential solutions at the 2016 NASA iTech Forum in Washington.

The NASA iTech Cycle I forum is a chance for leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders to hear ideas that address technology focus areas including radiation protection; life support systems in space; astronaut crew health; and in-space propulsion.

“Inviting the finalists to NASA Headquarters gives us a rare opportunity to engage our nation’s innovators,” said Kira Blackwell, Innovation program executive in NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist in Washington. “I look forward to the connections we’ll make, and learning more about their potential solutions to our challenges.”

Finalists are eligible to attend the forum which is scheduled to be held December 5-8 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. While there, a team of expert coaches will help the top ten innovators sharpen their presentations to present to NASA and space industry leaders.

At the forum, finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with participants and explore new technology development partnerships. Teams representing the top three solutions selected at the end of the forum will also receive six months of additional mentoring to mature their proposed solutions.

The top ten NASA iTech Cycle I finalists are (in alphabetical order):

AEQUOR, INC.

Entry Title: Novel Antibiofilm Molecules

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery

AIRBUS DS SPACE SYSTEMS MAPT TEAM

Entry Title: Real-time Omnidirectional Space Radiation Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation

CONTEXT MEDICAL, INC.

Entry Title: Diagnostic Digital Biomarkers for Assisted Medical Decision Support

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Entry Title: Millimeter-Resolution RF Body Imaging by Broadband MIMO Arrays

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations

FIPLATE, INC.

Entry Title: Countermeasure for Radiation Damage in Space

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation

INNAMED, INC.

Entry Title: Microfluidic Blood Testing Device Utilizing Electrochemical Sensing

Challenge Focus Area: Life Support Systems - Increase Oxygen Recovery

LIBERTY BIOSECURITY

Entry Title: Molecules to Safely Protect Against DNA Damage Caused by Ionizing Radiation in Space.

Challenge Focus Area: Radiation - Protection and Mitigation

OCEANIT      

Entry Title: The Virtual Medical Staff

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations

OCEANIT    

Entry Title: Nanoenergetic Propulsion

Challenge Focus Area: Propulsion - Energy Storage Technologies

PENN STATE SLIPS LAB   

Entry Title: A Zero-Power Biochemical Analysis Platform for Health Monitoring

Challenge Focus Area: Crew Health - Medical Systems and Operations

NASA’s iTech is an initiative by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, and is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, Virginia. The Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) provides the strategy and leadership that integrates NASA’s technology development and innovation activities.

Journalists wishing to attend the December Forum in Washington must RSVP to Gina Anderson, NASA HQ Office of Communications, by COB Friday, December 2. Due to space limitations, non-registered journalists will not be able to attend.

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/overview

For information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/oct

CONTACTS

Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1160
gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

Timothy Allen
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.
615-955-2859
timothy.allen@nianet.org

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