HPD has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for
$225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a human head mimic phantom to standardize neurostimulation
therapies, such as transcranial magnetics stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
Both techniques show significant potential for treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and improving post-stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, but treatment protocols can have varying results due to differences in brain anatomy between patients. A TMS/tDCS head mimic phantom will broaden the clinical application of TMS and tDCS by enabling scientists to obtain a more quantitative understanding of electrical excitation and pathways in the human brain.
From NIST Tech Beat...
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Michael Boss will receive the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, according to the FLC.
Boss designed a tool called a phantom for calibrating magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. ...
To scale up production to meet demand, reduce phantom costs, and improve durability, Boss worked with Elizabeth Mirowski of High Precision Devices Inc. (Boulder, Colo.), the firm that commercialized the technology.
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HPD is the subject of an article in Boulder County Business Report's February 28, 2014 issue. Click here to see the full article. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration had this to say after a recent visit...
We enjoyed the tour tremendously and appreciated the opportunity to see firsthand how the SBIR and STTR programs have impacted your business. The technologies you highlighted represent a concrete example of small business innovation in action.
For a project funded by the US Army through a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer(STTR) grant, HPD has successfully built and delivered to the University of California at Santa Barbara a large cryostat for cutting-edge research in quantum computing. This cryostat can produce temperatures below 15 mK (273° Celsius).
HPD has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the development of Ultra-low Field MRI (ULF-MRI) technology. Under this Small Business Innovative Research grant, HPD will work with physicists at the University of California, Berkeley and at NIST Boulder to refine and further develop ULF-MRI technology for detection of prostate and breast cancers. This technology could greatly enhance the ability for early diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. HPD will apply its expertise in the area of low-temperature instrumentation to this effort.
HPD announces the addition of Physicist Josh West to our staff
HPD is proud to announce that Joshua West, Ph.D., has joined us as Staff Physicist. Josh comes to HPD from Pennsylvania State University where he worked with Dr. Moses H.W. Chan on supersolid Helium. At HPD, Josh is involved with a wide range of projects that integrate various millikelvin cryogenic systems.
HPD has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the US Army Research Office for the development of a custom cryostat (cold chamber) for quantum information science and low-temperature physics research. The cryostat will produce temperatures below 1° Kelvin (-272° Celsius) as required for research in quantum physics phenomena in superconductor and semiconductor systems. This research could provide the basis for emerging technology in quantum computers, which can potentially be much more powerful than current computers. This Phase II STTR contract is for $750K over a two year period and will leverage HPD’s recognized expertise in ultra-low temperature precision instruments.
A2Z Metalworker magazine has published a feature article about HPD in its July/August, 2010 issue. Click here to see the full article.
HPD has been awarded an SBIR grant from NIST for the development of a cryostat to be used with ultra-high-resolution transition-edge sensor (TES) kilopixel array “cameras”. HPD’s cryostat will cool the TES arrays to temperatures below 1 Kelvin ( 272° Celsius). These instruments may be used for detecting silicon wafer defects, for nuclear forensics, and for sub-mm astronomy. The Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant is for $300K over a two year period and will compliment HPD’s recognized expertise in ultra-low temperature precision instruments.
HPD recently designed, engineered, and assisted in the construction of this kinetic Wave Wall for the LIGO Science Education Center (SEC) in Livingston, LA. The Wave Wall was conceived by exhibit developers at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and is meant to demonstrate both orderly and chaotic wave action to visitors of the LIGO SEC who have come to learn about the search for gravity waves.