Premature Birth is the #1 Cause of Infant Death
Current incubators aren't good enough.
Every year, 15 million babies are born before their due date. With very thin skin, no subcutaneous fat, and underdeveloped organs, preterm infants are highly vulnerable to heat loss, which can lead to serious complications including dehydration, hypothermia, sepsis, infections, and death. In the U.S., complications from premature birth is the leading cause of death for infants.
Babies born premature every year worldwide.
Spent annually in the U.S. alone caring for premature infants.
Average cost per day for an infant in the NICU.
The Solution: AmnioBed
We believe we can build a better incubator. Our patented solution, the AmnioBed, recreates the natural in-womb environment to nurture critical ongoing development, decreasing the short and long-term complications common in premature births.
How it Works
AmnioBed is a new approach to incubation. We submerge the infant partially in specially crafted water that mimics a mother's amniotic fluid in temperature, electrolyte balance, and minerals. This way, the infant can absorb needed nutrients through their skin, just like they would in the womb, instead of through IVs in traditional incubators.
5 medical-grade water filters eliminate heavy metals, contaminants, and bacteria.
Heats water on-demand to 98.6˚F.
Dosing pump mixes calculated electrolyte solution based on infant's age.
A safety chest and pelvic harness keep the infant's head bove water.
Audio and video feed so parents can talk to and monitor the infant.
Over the last year, CAD drawings were made, parts were sourced and procured, and the first prototype was completed in April 2018. Over the next six to 12 months, AmnionLife plans to heavily test the AmnioBed prototype. It may take more than two years to know if the AmnioBed is a safe, effective, and superior product which may be adopted by the market.
Founded Amnion Life
Built R&D Facility in Serbia
2nd Round of Seed Funding Secured
Initial Risk Analysis
Begin Clinical Trials
Other Applications of Our IP
We're currently designing a second, complementary device, which will connect to the infant's umbilical vessels to provide nutrition and oxygen, mimicking the way infants are fed in the womb. Later on, we want to build an AmnioBed for adults to address issues nursing, pressure sores, bed sores, and ulcerations in the back in long-term care and burn units.
Let's Build a Better Solution for Premature Infants
Nothing in the world is as precious as life. When a new infant is born, as a society, we take collective responsibility to protect their lives and ensure the necessary resources for a nourishing and comfortable environment are in place. Our infants and children are vulnerable – they require and deserve tremendous care. Specifically, preterm infants are the most vulnerable, and therefore require the greatest care.
Preterm infants have bodies accustomed to and in need of the warm and nourishing world of amniotic fluid. Often, they cannot survive without great effort to keep them warm and nourished. Virtually any environmental issue during this early stage has the potential to lead to life-long difficulties and disabilities. To date, our health care system has done a tremendous job caring for and nourishing preterm infants until they are safe enough to be discharged home. But the healthcare we currently provide is not enough. There are still too many preterm infants leaving hospitals with life-long disabilities. Others endure lengthy stays in the NICU that can last 110 - 140 days, or more, causing tremendous psychological, social and economic hardship for families. Our goal is to get preterm infants discharged and home – both faster and with fewer complications.
I am honored and blessed to shoulder the responsibility to help improve the lives of our preterm infants. I am also honored and excited to be working with a team of individuals from across the world who share the same passion and dedication to this project. As a team, we are determined to build a safe and effective incubator, significantly superior to the 20th-century technology still in use today. We believe the environment found “in the womb” is the gold standard of care at this stage of human development, and progress towards a fluid environment for these infants is natural and expected. We are proud to be at the forefront of that progress.
We realize that our path is long and difficult. Yet we have already come a long way and will remain focused because our goal is too critical for humanity to allow it to go unrealized. We believe that our investors will be financially well rewarded for their support - but the greatest reward for us will be to witness the countless lives improved and saved, and the countless number of families that get to spend a lifetime together because of this new technology.