Our vision is to become a recognized leader in the advancement of women and children's health by providing innovative and novel methods to detect, monitor and manage pregnancy related complications.
Preventing Preterm Birth
Preterm birth (defined as deliveries prior to week 37) affects nearly 1 in 8 U.S. women, with approximately half a million preterm births each year. These preemie outcomes cost US families and insurers an estimated $26 billion each year. Globally, there are approximately 15 million preterm births each year; and PTB accounts for 75% of perinatal deaths and is a major determinant of short and long term medical complications in infants and children. A variety of potential interventions exist, but the field’s inability to identify “at risk” pregnancies early in the 40 week gestational period has contributed to a steady increase in the rate of preterm birth. We are developing this much needed non-invasive early warning system for preterm birth risk.
All key obstetric and pediatric physician groups, as well as child health advocacy groups, are now urging mothers and obstetricians not to deliver babies before 39 weeks, unless there is a medical reason to do so. In the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, a baby’s brain, lungs, and liver go through dramatic development and growth, and over 50% of the immune-boosting antibodies are transferred from the mom to the baby during this period. Our efforts are in direct support of this important goal of healthier babies.