News | Feb 21, 2017

The Wireless Brainwave Monitor that Launched 5 Startups

In the late 1990s, the Air Force was looking for a system to transmit data from strain gauges and other sensors during weapons tests, as bombs or missiles were launched from aircraft. A small startup company in Ohio believed its new, wireless brainwave monitor might hold the key.

With funding from the Small Business Innovation Research program, CleveMed transformed their wireless monitor into a small, low cost, flight test data acquisition system that could withstand severe conditions and deliver the data as the Air Force required. That SBIR work to perfect and ruggedize the original technology allowed CleveMed to push the device into a number of new applications, and today it’s at the heart of a popular home test kit for sleep apnea.

CleveMed’s technology is just one of many successful innovations enabled by the US Air Force’s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. For more information, visit

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