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VA contracts with DARPA-backed startup for real-time behavioral analytics, mental health app

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has contracted with Boston-based startup Cogito for use of its real-time behavioral analytics mobile app that analyzes voice recordings and mobile phone usage to create clinically validated behavioral indicators of mental health. The agency said it will use the Cogito app to detect veterans in need of mental health care, including suicide prevention.

Medtronic-backed Arsenal nabs $14M from DOD to develop abdominal trauma foam

Startup Arsenal Medical has pulled in a more than $14 million contract from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to complete the clinical and manufacturing development of and to submit an FDA application for its lead candidate ResQFoam. The biomaterial foam is used to temporarily stanch abdominal bleeding due to trauma.

Harvard's Wyss launches Opsonix, backed by Baxter in $8M round to get sepsis device into clinic

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has launched startup Opsonix to develop its pathogen-extracting, extracorporeal sepsis device. Hansjörg Wyss, who founded the Institute with a $125 million gift in 2008, also participated in an $8 million Series A round that was led by Baxter Ventures.

DEKA gets $7M from DARPA to develop prosthetic arm with a sense of touch

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has re-upped in its long-standing relationship with DEKA Innovative Solutions. This time, it's putting $7 million into develop a prosthetic arm with a sense of touch.

DARPA targets prostheses that offer sensation; researchers aim to get there in 5 years with $20M

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made the creation of upper-limb prosthesis, artificial arms and hands that allow for sensory feedback a top priority--it's backing 8 research organizations to do so.

DARPA's ElectRx seeks innovators to transform neuromodulation devices

ElectRx, DARPA's Electrical Prescriptions program, put out a call Thursday for research proposals to develop neuromodulation capabilities that will "maximize the immunological, physical and mental health" of military service members and veterans.

Inovio, MedImmune and Penn unite to fight the flu on DARPA's dime

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca's MedImmune and the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to study influenza and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, drawing on $12.2 million in federal funds.

Harvard gets DARPA grant to develop soft, mobility exosuit

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Harvard University engineers up to $2.9 billion to develop a robotic suit to make walking easier for soldiers and potentially civilians with disabilities, the university announced today.

The DOD wants a memory-restoring brain implant, a potential device industry boon

The U.S. Department of Defense is pursuing the creation of brain implants that could treat brain injury-related memory loss, an initiative that could benefit companies ranging from Medtronic to General Electric and more.

Pentagon tasks Pfizer with radically rethinking vaccine development

Vaccines have basically worked the same way for decades. A pathogen antigen is isolated, used as the basis of a vaccine and administered to the patient. The Pentagon thinks there might be a better way of doing things, and it has tasked Pfizer with investigating its hunch.