Producer: Kevin Reagan | Videographer: Santiago Bahti | Editor: Jennifer Fredricksen
Every 20 seconds, a diabetes patient undergoes a limb amputation. A new start-up company called “Intelliwound” is attempting to combat diabetic complications before they become severe. One of 24 new start-up companies under the guidance of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, “Intelliwound” is marketing their idea to the Southern Arizona community. In the last 9 months, the small company of five members has received mentorship on how to develop their product, which they call iWARM. “Intelliwound” describes iWARM as a technological band-aide that goes over wounds to detect infections. iWARM is being marketed for patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers; a symptom that afflicts nearly 50% of those with the disease. “Intelliwound” foresees the product as being able to detect inflammation within the ulcer before it becomes gangrenous.