Wave Therapeutics Advances to Gener8tor’s gBETA Spring Cohort
Wave Therapeutics was recently selected by Gener8tor to participate in its gBETA spring cohort. Gener8tor is a Wisconsin-based startup accelerator which aims to help startups. Wave Therapeutics is focused on solving the chronic pain of bed sores for those who are mobile limited. Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, form from prolonged pressure on the skin that blocks blood flow. Wheelchair bound or bed-bound individuals are most at risk.
Jessica Bussert, founder of Wave Therapeutics, was inspired to create a solution to bed sores after treating a wheel-bound veteran at a hospital. Even for a nurse, he had the worst bed sores she had seen in her life. The veteran was unable to afford the $4000 wheelchair cushion prescribed by his doctor. Bussert began developing a new, cost-effective cushion which would apply a rolling wave of low pressure, thereby moving pressure points and preventing pressure ulcers. It takes it one step further, by massaging along the back of the thighs lightly, drawing blood flow back towards the heart and lung and invigorating the lower body circulatory system.
Working with Gener8tor and the VHA Innovation Ecosystem, Bussert is working to commercialize her design, with a price of $450. She plans on developing a similarly styled, cost-effective mattress next.
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