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AEIOU Scientific’s Cortical Bone Mechanics Testing Selected as Winner of Virtual Pitch Competition

On August 13, 2020, eight companies had three minutes to pitch their innovative, technical solutions that address challenges on Earth with a potential space application at NASA iTech’s Ignite the Night OHIO virtual event. A panel of judges including NASA’s Center Chief Technologists, investors, and industry members, evaluated the pitches and selected AEIOU Scientific from Canfield, Ohio, as the winner of Ignite the Night OHIO.

Gary Wegford, CEO of AEIOU Scientific, presented a non-invasive technology for improving the diagnosis and monitoring of bone fragility, an early indicator of osteoporosis. This novel technology is currently being developed at Ohio University in Athens to more accurately measure cortical bone stiffness and cortical bone strength. Focusing on these two factors allows doctors to better evaluate bone density and determine patients’ risk of developing osteoporosis. This technology could also be used to more accurately assess the bone density of NASA astronauts, who are at greater risk of suffering from complications with bone density when spending extended time in space. Measuring bone density non-invasively before and after missions will allow NASA to identify space related bone mineral density complications early on to better protect the health of astronauts.

“Across the globe entrepreneurs are developing technologies to address real world problems and many of these technologies also have the potential to be a solution for some of the challenges NASA faces,” said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “In 2016, NASA iTech was created to change the way government engaged with entrepreneurs, and we did. In the last four years, 70 companies have participated as NASA iTech finalist, leveraging over $500 million in private investment dollars to expedit the development of technologies with both an Earth and space application.”

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