AI device for COPD wins top prize in UC Davis business competition

A wearable device using artificial intelligence to predict and prevent flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease won the $20,000 first prize in the University of California Davis' 19th annual Big Bang! Business Competition.

The device was designed by Maria Artunduaga, MD, CEO of Berkeley, Calif.-based startup Respira Labs. It combines AI with acoustic sensors and real-time data to measure "air-trapping," an early marker of a COPD attack.

"It flags lung function changes to patients, healthcare providers and caregivers," Dr. Artunduaga said. "Patients will be able to act earlier at home, preventing unnecessary ER and hospital visits while preserving lung function and saving lives."

Other health-related ventures chosen from a pool of 105 applicants by Big Bang! include LiquidGoldConcept, an Ypsilanti, Mich.-based startup developing simulation models to improve healthcare providers' breastfeeding education; and VertX Advertising in Davis, which offers companies antimicrobially treated advertising products to reduce the presence of bacteria and viruses on surfaces in public transportation while promoting their services.

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