Professor Emeritus in the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at The University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the American Speech & Hearing Association
Richard Hurtig, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at The University of Iowa and is a Fellow of the American Speech & Hearing Association. He directs the UI Assistive Devices Laboratory and is also the Chief Scientific Officer of Voxello. His research over a period of 25 years has included the development of assistive technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and the development of strategies to facilitate patient-provider communication in acute care and for persons with ALS. His current research on the development of the noddle® a smart switch that enables patients who may only be able to produce a small intentional gesture to summon their caregiver and to also control a speech generating device in order to communicate with their caregivers. Voxello has secured patents for the technology as well as FDA clearance to market as a Class II medical device. His work is supported in part by the National Institute of Nursing Research under Awards R43NR016406 and R44NR016406 to Iowa Adaptive Technologies, Inc. (dba Voxello).
The SBIR funding mechanism is unique in many ways. But it is the only mechanism that “requires” post-funding actions. Publications, graduate course and thesis completion, and training events or curricula may be expected from other NIH grant mechanisms. Meanwhile, SBIR funds Phases I and II but has built into the funding mechanism a Phase III […]