SpeechVive receives R and D 100 Award for device to help people with Parkinson's disease communicate better

November 19, 2015  


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Jessica Huber, professor in Purdue's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, speaks with a patient about the SpeechVive device. The device helps people affected by Parkinson's disease to communicate more effectively. SpeechVive Inc., which commercializes the device, was recognized by R&D magazine with an R&D 100 award. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A company commercializing a Purdue University innovation that helps individuals affected by Parkinson's disease to speak more loudly and communicate more effectively has been awarded a 2015 R&D 100 Award from the editors of R&D magazine.

SpeechVive Inc., which licenses its technology through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, was recognized for its SpeechVive device. President and CEO Steve Mogensen said the R&D 100 Award is an honor.

"The R&D 100 Awards celebrate the top technology products launched by academia, government-sponsored research and industry. Other awardees in the IT/Electrical category included Adelphi Technology, IBM, the NASA Glenn Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Qualcomm Technologies," he said. "To be recognized alongside those highly innovative businesses and organizations makes my colleagues and me proud. Our resolve to improve the lives of people affected by Parkinson's has been strengthened."

SpeechVive's technology was developed over the past decade by Jessica Huber, professor in Purdue's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. The device reduces the speech impairments associated with Parkinson's disease, which causes people with the disease to speak in a hushed, whispery voice, have mumbled speech and commonly impacts their ability to communicate effectively.

"The clinical data we have collected over the past four years demonstrates that SpeechVive is effective in 90 percent of the people using the device," Huber said. "I am proud of the improvements in communication and quality of life demonstrated in our clinical studies of the SpeechVive."

The company is a client of Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. A video about the company is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybNZkCk_ex8

About SpeechVive Inc.

SpeechVive is a Lafayette, Indiana-based corporation formed in 2011. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with speech problems due to Parkinson's and other diseases by enabling people to speak more loudly and communicate more effectively with their loved ones.

About Purdue Foundry

Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. The Foundry collaborates with longstanding activities already taking place in the center with a goal to increase the growing demand from Purdue innovators who have an interest in forming a startup or licensing their discoveries. The Foundry is supported and managed by the Purdue Research Foundation and its team of intellectual property, business development and venture capital experts.

About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org 

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Sources: Steve Mogensen, 612-723-7200, smogensen@speechvive.com

Jessica Huber, 765-494-3796, jhuber@purdue.edu  

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