University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) alumnus Michael Wright, DDS, MS, has licensed technology for a smart mouthguard from the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), for his new startup company, the WrightGuard Innovation Corporation.
Developed by UMSOD faculty member Radi Masri, DDS, MS, PhD, along with Wright and James E. Whitney II, MS, PhD, of Amalfi Acoustics, the smart mouthguard boasts physiological tracking capabilities that provide real-time monitoring for a variety of biometrics, such as force of impact, pH and hydration levels, and body temperature.
“We are thrilled to begin this new commercialization venture with a preeminent medical and research partner like the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and are looking forward to continuing our collaborative work to improve athletic protection and performance,” said Wright.
Wright intends to commercialize the technology into an athletic mouthguard that captures and processes biometric data to offer real-time protection to athletes, both professional and amateur, potentially enhancing their athletic performance, the university reports.
“It is my team’s believe that the potential of mouthguards has not yet been realized. With our collective knowledge, prowess, and vision, we are poised to take a leadership role in the smart mouthguard market,” said Wright.
“Dental professionals are arguably the most qualified to direct matters involving oral safety and health. Our expertise can and should be brought to bear to fully address the potential of the mouthguard for preventive, protective, and performance enhancement while addressing a wider range of potential applications and target audiences,” said Wright.
“This innovative mouthguard provides a novel platform for capturing and transmitting real-time data on physiological parameters such as body temperature and offering the potential to greatly enhance athletes’ well-being and performance,” said Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, UMSOD dean and professor.
Wright provides enhanced cosmetic and reconstructive services beyond the scope of general dentistry and is the owner of two US patents. His WrightGuard brand of sports mouthguards features the world’s first magnetic tethering system, the university says.