CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Premier healthcare innovation marketplace, Edison Nation Medical, and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), today announce a global search to uncover innovations for improving aerosol therapy for patients with respiratory disorders. Two of the most common respiratory conditions, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), affect 1 in 12 people and an estimated 15 million respectively in the United States alone and these rates are rising.
Inhaled therapy has been routinely employed for over half a century in ambulatory patients with respiratory disorders but aerosol therapy in ventilator-dependent patients is complex. The effectiveness of aerosol therapy depends on several factors such as the aerosol device, drug, ventilator parameters, and circuit. As the number of chronic lung patients continues to grow, there is an increased need for innovative inhaled therapy treatments that are higher quality, less expensive, and easier for patients to use.
"Inhaled therapies are central to the treatment of a number of critical respiratory conditions which affect many millions of people in this country alone," said Robert Grajewski, president of Edison Nation Medical. "AARC advocates on behalf of patients as well as respiratory care therapists and they're committed to uncovering innovations that improve patient compliance and patient outcomes. We are thrilled to extend our partnership in this new direction to uncover innovations that make a difference for chronic lung patients and their families."
AARC's Executive Director Thomas Kallstrom MBA, RRT FAARC shared, "The AARC is committed to supporting its members by providing them with unique opportunities to share their creative and innovative ideas for consideration to be patented. We understand that respiratory professionals intimately understand the technology, patients' barriers and challenges faced each day in administering aerosol treatments, and that its important to further explore their ideas and concepts for possible advancements in aerosol therapy and patient care. This AARC member offering is a benefit that requires a minimal investment of $25. We want to encourage our members to submit their ideas to Edison Nation Medical for evaluation, and enhance their membership and contribution to the medical profession."
For more information about the Aerosol Therapy innovation search or to submit an aerosol therapy idea, please go to www.AARC.org/search-aerosol-therapy-innovations-underway/. This search closes on July 31, 2015.
Edison Nation Medical helps individuals bring their healthcare ideas to life and has been successfully commercializing innovation ideas from individual inventors for more than 10 years. The organization has deep expertise across the entire innovation lifecycle: gathering, evaluating, validating, designing/prototyping, and commercializing healthcare ideas and provides a clear and easy pathway via our online portal through which anyone — physicians, nurses, entrepreneurs, even patients and caregivers — can submit a medical invention idea for full evaluation and potential commercialization. A team of intellectual property, medical, technical and business development experts shepherd the most promising ideas through the myriad of barriers that often derail great inventions from coming to life at no cost to the inventor. The end goal is to commercialize each qualified product idea either by licensing the idea to a medical device manufacturer or by starting a company around the idea and, when successful, Edison Nation Medical shares licensing royalties or revenues with the inventor.
Founded in 1943, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care. The AARC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients and their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.
About Edison Nation Medical
Edison Nation Medical is a healthcare innovation marketplace with deep expertise in open innovation, product development, and healthcare. Born out of collaboration with Carolinas HealthCare System (one of the largest public health system in the United States), Edison Nation Medical's mission is to break down the barriers to healthcare innovation. We make this a reality by providing a clear and easy pathway through our open innovation platform for anyone — physicians, nurses, entrepreneurs, even patients and caregivers — to submit a medical invention idea for full evaluation and potential commercialization. Edison Nation Medical innovation headquarters is in Charlotte, NC with satellite offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information, please visit www.EdisonNationMedical.com or find Edison Nation Medical on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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