Following is an excerpt from The Epilepsy Therapy Project press release
Washington, DC, February 21, 2012 — The Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures, and the parent organization of epilepsy.com, today released presentation highlights from its successful 2012 Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference held in San Francisco and announced the winner of its “Shark Tank” competition for the most innovative new product idea in epilepsy treatment and care. This year’s epilepsy pipeline conference featured a stellar line up of leading drug and device developers, investigators and industry leaders and showcased cutting-edge epilepsy therapies in development, including medical technology and therapeutic products.
The winner of ETP’s inaugural “Shark Tank” competition is Charles Anderson of HiPass Design for his Smartphone-based Movement Detector, a life-saving seizure alarm. Anderson’s invention was inspired from a personal concern that he was unable to detect his son’s seizures at night. Anderson first devised a computer system that analyzed images from an infrared camera and detected seizure movements with few false alarms. The prototype system, which incorporates an iPhone with camera, sounds an alarm while recording valuable video and audio information. ETP Shark Tank judges and audience participants – representative of industry, advocacy, investors, the research and medical communities – selected this advanced seizure movement detector among the finalists as the most innovative, and for its near-term benefit for people with epilepsy. Anderson received a $50,000 grant to support and accelerate the development and commercialization of this seizure alarm, which is expected to be available later in the year.