Sports-med company raises fresh cash to detect concussions in real time with neck patches

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The X-Patch attaches to an athlete’s neck and can send concussion data to the sidelines.

Preventing concussions in sports is a hot topic with more than 3.8 million sports brain injuries occuring per year across all levels from youngsters to professionals.

Seattle-based X2 Biosystems is trying to fix that problem with high-tech neck patches and mouthguards that can immediately send teams concussion data on the sidelines.

According to an SEC filing posted today, the company just raised $720,000. We wrote about the company back in September, when it inked a partnership with the NFL for its Concussion Management System (CMS) software application.

Since then, the startup changed its name from X2IMPACT to X2 Biosystems and it appears they are putting more focus on a product called the X-Patch rather than digital mouthpieces.

The two-gram rechargeable X-Patch can adhere to the back of an athlete’s head and sends data about the magnitude and severity of contact wirelessly to the sidelines. That data goes directly into a cloud-based data management system that already contains individual player’s history on past concussions. This is extremely valuable information when determining when to keep a player on or off the field for precautionary reasons.

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The company was founded in 2010 by Christoph Mack, an inventor who has worked at Nike, Apple and Whirlpool, and medical device veteran Rich Able. The idea for X2 Biosystems came about in 2007 when Able’s son was knocked unconscious for one minute during a high school football game.

Able told us back in September that he also had interest from people outside of the sports world. For example, the software could allow doctors and nurses working in the emergency room to put patients with brain injuries through cognitive tests and ultimately make better, more educated decisions.

It appears that the X-Patch is being tested by universities around the nation and the company has plans to make the X-Patch available to the masses this fall. The website also notes that the company’s software will be used across the NFL this upcoming season.

We’ve reached out to the founders and will update this story with more details as we hear back.

Previously on GeekWire: NFL funding WSU research to fix injured brains with self-created nerve cells 

  • Brian

    Sounds useful. Does this technology catalog the number of hits in some way? With concussions, it’s not always the magnitude or severity of the hit that counts but the number of hits as we see with o-line and d-line. Great advancement to have instant access to concussion history on the sidelines…just hope it doesn’t jack up league fees too much for financially-stretched sports-parents if/when this tech becomes a requirment.

  • anonymous

    Wouldn’t this require FDA approval? Which takes well over a year to get, plus testing periods?

    I know it may be absurd, but, if there is a clinical diagnosis from the device, doesn’t that fall into the FDA realm? Maybe it’s positioned as “if you see a red dot, we recommend getting medical evaluation?” But, the Liability issues around a device like this seem really difficult to maneuver around? What if the wireless connection drops for a few minutes?