ARMR Systems designs lifesaving medical device
SNELLVILLE, Ga. – A group of Georgia Tech grads have founded a startup called ARMR Systems, which has developed a product that can help prevent deaths.
In recent years, 90 percent of preventable deaths of troops in combat are the result of hemorrhage from traumatic injuries where advanced medical help is not available.
When soldiers are wounded in the field, they frequently do not have time to get to a surgeon. Faced with this challenge, Snellville-based ARMR Systems began work on finding a solution.
The team designed an innovative harness to stop a massive hemorrhage. With just a few turns of the handle, the device compresses the femoral artery to slow the flow of blood and allow military personnel time to get to an operating field surgeon.
After creating an initial design, the company needed to further refine its product. That’s when they turned to the Center of Innovation for Manufacturing and director John Zegers for help in gaining access to the research and lab-testing capabilities found within the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. This connection ultimately gave them the means to 3D print an array of new designs and test those designs to achieve an optimal product.
“ARMR came to us through the student start-up program at Georgia Tech with an initial product design. We gave them the connections to the right researchers to iterate and test their device here in Georgia and enhance their product.”
The group also received access to labs to conduct two rounds of cadaver testing for the product — the first to test their final designs, and the second to compare their design to the industry standard. Through these tests, they found that their device provided greater hemorrhage control with one-handed application and quicker deployment than the current available product.
As selected participants in the Boston startup accelerator Mass Challenge, the team at ARMR Systems is currently working between Boston and Atlanta continuing product and business development. Upon completion of the program, they will return to Atlanta to implement a series of pilot studies with both military and first-responder partners, domestically and abroad.