Funded Projects

Project # Project Title Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC(s) Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
Transforming smartphones into active sonar systems to detect opioid overdose Cross-Cutting Research Small Business Programs NIDA SOUND LIFE SCIENCES, INC. MARK, NICHOLAS MAXWELL Seattle, WA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: America’s Startups and Small Businesses Build Technologies to Stop the Opioid Crisis (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-DA-19-019

Deaths from opioid overdose are highly preventable with early detection and administration of naloxone, but overdose victims often die because they are alone or among untrained or impaired bystanders and thus do not receive timely resuscitation. There is an urgent, unmet need for a low-barrier, easily scalable solution that can identify opioid overdoses in real time and rapidly connect victims to naloxone therapy. This proposal seeks to commercialize an innovative overdose detection software product that can be downloaded on any commodity smartphone and can detect opioid- induced respiratory failure (i.e., overdose) and summon help. The software-only product, SecondChance, converts a smartphone into a short-range active sonar system capable of monitoring breathing and detecting overdose.