Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

RightAnswer.com Awarded Phase I Grant

RightAnswer.com, Inc. has been awarded a Phase I $150,000 SBIR grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the budget period September 30, 2015 – September 29, 2016.

University of WashingtonIn collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington (UW) scientists, RightAnswer.com will be researching, designing, and developing a prototype mobile app to improve drug safety that delivers current and authoritative information about the risks associated with the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications during pregnancy.

In the past three decades, the prevalence of medication usage during pregnancy in the United States has increased more than 60%. The implication of this increased usage is concerning because roughly 40,000 infants are born each year with birth defects directly attributed to medication exposure during prenatal development.

Eliminating medications, even those with known teratogenicity risk, is not always feasible for pregnant women because of medical necessity, such as those needing medication to treat epilepsy. The mobile application will help healthcare providers and pregnant women weigh the potential risks and benefits of medications immediately. They will also be able to consider drug warnings, potential alternative therapies, stage of pregnancy, dosage, and route of administration.

A significant component of the project involves utilizing the TERIS (The Teratogen Information System) database, which is located in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. The TERIS database provides up-to-date, authoritative information regarding the effects of drugs and chemicals on the developing embryo. It also contains evidence-based information on the developmental toxicity of more than 1,600 agents, addressing 95% of the most frequently prescribed drugs which will provide valuable information during the research and development stage of this project.

Key Project Personnel:

  • Glen Markham, RightAnswer.com, Inc., Corporate Business Development Executive/Project Principal Investigator
  • Sarah Albee, RightAnswer.com, Inc., Director of IT/IT Project Manager
  • Dr. Janine Polifka, Ph.D., University of Washington, TERIS Database Manager
  • Dr. Gary Hsieh, University of Washington, Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Dr. Carol Collins, University of Washington, Clinical Associate Professor - Department of Pharmaceutics

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“This project has the potential to enhance the assessment of clinical management options for pregnant women in ways that have never been done before.”

Glen Markham
Glen Markham,
Project Principal
Investigator

RightAnswer.com press conference held at Mid-Michigan Innovation Center October 5, 2015.

Rep. John Moolenaar gives his comments at the press conference.

Glen Markham, Business Development Leader and Principal Investigator for the SBIR grant project, makes the official announcement to the media at the press conference.

Glen Markham, Business Development Leader and Principal Investigator for the SBIR grant project, makes the official announcement to the media at the press conference.

From left: RightAnswer.com's Wendy Du Bois and Miles Thomson speak with John Ford at the press conference.

From left: RightAnswer.com's Wendy Du Bois and Miles Thomson speak with John Ford at the press conference.

Rep. John Moolenaar gives his comments at the press conference.

RightAnswer.com press conference held at MidMichigan Innovation Center October 5, 2015.

Dick Dolinski, Chairman, Glenn Hallett, President, and Ellen Hallet, COO, with Rep. John Moolenaar.

Dick Dolinski, Chairman; Glenn Hallett, President; and Ellen Hallet, COO; with Rep. John Moolenaar.

The RightAnswer.com team at the press conference.<br />Front row: Judy Hutchison, Ellen Hallett, Glenn Hallett, and Kris Hallett. <br />Back row: Glenn Markham, Miles Thomson, Wendy Du Bois, Sarah Albee, Matt Brown, and Tad Crawford.

The RightAnswer.com team at the press conference.
Front row: Judy Hutchison, Ellen Hallett, Glenn Hallett, and Kris Hallett.
Back row: Glenn Markham, Miles Thomson, Wendy Du Bois, Sarah Albee, Matt Brown, and Tad Crawford.

 
 
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