Preventive step against leg clots
An inventor trying to get his foot in the door with a device to prevent blood clotting in the leg recently got a boost from the U.S. government.
Matthew Mayer of Grand Junction, founder of Leap Frogg LLC, has a patent pending on a device that stimulates the arch of a foot from the sole a foamy shoe that resembles the famous Croc sandal.
The device sends electrical current up the leg, which further helps the movement of walking in the stimulation of blood circulation. Getting the blood moving helps prevent it from clotting.
For people who are undergoing surgery or otherwise are unable to walk, the device can simulate the movement of walking in the stimulation of blood circulation in the legs.
Mayer’s idea caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which nominated him for the $244,479 grant.
A white printout with the number 548 is tacked prominently to one wall of Mayer’s office at the Grand Junction Incubator Center, 2591 B 3/4 Road.
“That’s the number of people who die every day from VTE (venous thromboembolism),” he said. “If I could shave off a couple of those numbers every day, wouldn’t that feel really good?”
The grant will help Mayer pay for the testing that is necessary to win approval by the Federal Drug Administration, and help him market the device to investors, who would pay the bills for manufacturing and consumer marketing.
Mayer said if he can get his product to the market, he would like to manufacture it in Grand Junction.
Mayer said he came upon the idea for the footwear in talking with his father, David Mayer, a Grand Junction orthopedic surgeon. Mayer said his father often lamented that patients were reluctant to use current devices to stimulate blood flow because they are cumbersome, noisy and must be administered by health care workers.
Those devices — and maybe Mayer’s invention — have another market: helping athletes recover more quickly from strenuous exercise.
Mayer said he is pushing his idea on several athletic-product companies.
He already is giving presentations to potential investors on a product he started designing at the business center in 2007.