Medical Device Takes Top Prize in RI Biz Plan Elevator Pitch Contest
Published on December 12, 2011
The top prize in this year's Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest went to a Pawtucket company with a product that could save the lives of stroke and heart attack victims.
Kippkitts LLC took the $300 award with a proposal for a portable device that could be used by EMTs to reduce a person's core body temperature after a heart attack or stroke. According to presenter Kipp Bradford, research has shown that cooling the body could reduce mortality by 50 percent. The market: the 35,000 ambulances in the United States. Bradford described Kippkitts as a company that invents products that "solve problems that matter" in medical, engineering and design fields. The portable cooling system is already in development.