Blue-Light Sleep Mask to Prevent Preterm Labor Wins the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize

KynderMed , a St.Petersburg company, is the winner of the 7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum prize with their invention, a sleep mask that uses light to prevent preterm birth, reducing death in newborns. KynderMed’s technology has been licensed from the Florida State Science Foundation, and was developed at Florida State University’s College of Medicine.

The prize was awarded on Saturday, April 30th at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville during the Cade Museum for Creativity j+ Invention’s Second Annual Inventivity Bash presented by RTI Surgical. In addition to the cash grant, provided by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, KynderMed receives $10,000 of legal services from the law firm of Saliwanchik, Lloyd and Eisenchenk. Each of the three runner’s up for the prize will receive $2,500 in legal fees.

The Inventivity Bash, the gala fundraiser for the Museum, had a STEAMPUNK theme this year and served guests a gourmet dinner, local craft brew from First Magnitude and specialty cocktails featuring the new local distillery FishHawk Spirits. During the reception the 250+ guests were entertained with interactive experiences run by students and volunteers from the Cade Museum highlighting the inventions of simple machines. The evening’s highlights included presentations from all of the final four contestants, induction of the Cade Museum’s newest major donors to the +1 Society, and a look inside one of the unique programs offered at the Cade, the Living Inventor Series. This year the program partnered with students from the Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children initiative. The event also served as a public celebration of the Cade Museum beginning construction on the new 21,000 square foot facility on Depot Park. The celebration included an audience participation “construction band” that created the soundtrack for an on-screen animated Cade Museum build.

About the Cade Museum: In 2004, Dr. James Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to design and build a museum in Gainesville in order to inspire creative thinking, future inventors, and early entrepreneurs. A physician at the University of Florida (UF), Dr. Cade was best known as the leader of the research team that invented Gatorade for the UF football team in 1965.

The Cade Museum is scheduled to open in fall of 2017.

The three runner-ups were:

AbleNook from Tampa that has developed prefabricated living modules that can be easily assembled and adaptable for diverse terrain.

Feynman Nano is an Orlando company that invented technology for self- kkcleaning and omnidirectional anti-reflective files that can be applied on solar panels to improve lifespan.

Hesperos is based in Orlando and has designed new models for drug and chemical testing to reduce the rate of failed human trials and thereby decrease the cost associated with bringing a new drug to market.

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