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ZOLL Medical licenses BATDOK patient monitoring technology from AFRL

The ZOLL Medical Corp., a large medical device manufacturer based in Massachusetts, announced on November 17 that it has negotiated a patent license agreement for a patient monitoring app developed at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, or BATDOK™, collects vitals using wired and wireless sensors placed on a patient. Originally designed for pararescue missions, it allows field medics and hospital staff to monitor and manage multiple patients from their smartphones or tablets, with seamless team handoffs as the patient travels.

Earlier this year, the AFRL adapted the BATDOK technology to help alleviate the lean doctor-to-patient ratios that many medical facilities faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“BATDOK is a multi-patient, point of injury, casualty tool that assists our human operators and improves care,” said Dr. Gregory Burnett who managed the development of BATDOK at the lab’s 711th Human Performance Wing.

According to the company’s announcement on Tuesday, the license allows the integration of BATDOK with ZOLL’s lightweight Propaq patient monitors and defibrillators used by the U.S. military.

“This facilitates maximum awareness and documentation of in-field patient care while providing state-of-the-art patient monitoring and best-in-class diagnostic and resuscitation capabilities to the wounded service member,” said Jonathan A. Rennert, CEO of ZOLL.

The Massachusetts-based ZOLL Medical Corporation, founded by Dr. Paul Zoll in 1980, was acquired by Asahi Kasei Group of Japan for $2.2 billion in 2012.

License agreements with defense labs typically contain undisclosed financial terms, i.e., an upfront license execution fee and royalties on sales.

Air Force tech transfer specialists facilitated the deal with ZOLL with support from TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer.

Read more: https://techlinkcenter.org/news/zoll-medical-licenses-patient-monitoring...

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