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2023 Projects

Technology Transfer Assistance Program

The Cleveland Veterans Engineering Health Innovations Center (VehiCLE) is a group of engineers dedicated to translating VA technologies to the private sector via licensing, or for distribution within the national VA system, through fabricating high-level, functional prototypes, performing design and cost analyses, and constructing technical drawings, bill of materials (BOMs) and design history files (DHFs).  We are based out of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and partner with Sear's Think[box] at Case Western University, to access their state of the art makers space and fabrication machine shop.  Our goal is to complete 4-6 projects per year to assist the VA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) and VA innovators to further translation of their technologies through product development with considerations for increased manufacturability, including ease of fabrication, decreased weight, simplification of assembly, and reduced cost. 

Projects to Date
(FY 2023)

Adaptive Exercise Stimulation Sleeve

  • This wearable thigh sleeve allows for better cable organazition and execution of stimulation based exercises.
  • Prototype A completed and delivered Nov 2022.
  • The product is currently being used in physical therapy settings internally.

NPACK (Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic Kit)

  • The NPACK is an all-in-one device that enables remote neuropsychological assessments by delivering an interface and all necessary components in a compact case.
  • Prototype A completed Jan 2023.
  • Software completed May 2023.
TEE Sterile Probe Cover
  • The TEE Sterile Probe cover is a protective, extendable, flexible cover for TEE probes which is used for sterile transport of the probe from storage to the operating room.
  • Prototype completed Mar 2023.
Guided Dilation Catheter
  • This custom catheter allows for easier navigation of sharp turns in the male urianary tract.
  • Prototype completed Sep 2023
  • Custom model designed and created Oct 2023

Hybrid Exoskeleton Mounting System
  • This project entailed creating a chest/ back mount for the control systems of an exoskeleton, as well as cable and cord management
  • Prototype delivered Oct 2023

IRONMAN Heart Pump
  • The IRONMAN is a novel LVAD system that can be inserted through the venous system and allow for maximum heart assist in severe cases
  • Design, CFD and flow analysis were completed May 2023
  • Physical model delivered Feb 2023
MRI Non-Verbal Communication System
  • This MRI-safe "stoplight" allows an operator to communicate with patients that are hearing impaired while they are in an MRI procedure, or order to deliver breathing instructions
  • Alpha prototype delivered May 2023
  • Final prototype delivered Jan 2024

Spiral Endovascular Guide Wire
  • This device is a custom, spiral-pattern guide wire that can more easily navigate complex vascular pathways
  • Prototypes delivered Aug 2023

Ergonomic BIO adapter
  • The Ergonomic BIO adapter attached to a BIO device to allow a clinician to keep an ergonomic posture while performing procedures and diagnostics
  • Alpha prototype delivered Aug 2023
  • Final prototype delivered Mar 2024
Heat Safety Fence
  • The Heat Safety Fence is a safeguard for hot wire cutting for individuals who have impaired vision
  • Two separate protytpes each delivered Sep 2023