Gentherm Awarded Grant To Develop Energy Efficient Patient Warming System For US Navy

NORTHVILLE, MI -- Gentherm Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Navy to lead the development of an energy efficient, portable patient warming system based on its proprietary thermal management technologies.

Gentherm was granted a two-year, $2.75 million contract by the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and the Naval Medical Research Center. The effort aims to develop an energy efficient patient warming system.

The Navy's goal is to upgrade its current standard of care for patient warming in support of expeditionary health services and advanced medical development. The proposed patient warming system is intended to be compatible with existing medical care systems and be used for treating patients in field hospitals or in transport by ground, ship or air to traditional, better-equipped treatment centers. The Gentherm approach, which is based on new research, exploits the body's natural methods for thermal exchange and temperature management.

Gentherm President and CEO Daniel R. Coker noted that the medical device project represents another application and a new product category for its thermal management technologies outside the automotive industry, where the Company generates the majority of its revenue.

"This is an exciting new project for us in a new industry—healthcare and medical devices—that we have targeted as representing an important future for our broadening array of thermal management technologies," Coker said. "We are leveraging our industry-leading expertise in thermal management, as well as our partnerships with world-class research institutions, toward a goal of bringing a completely new concept in patient warming to the market. We expect this project will expand our knowledge of thermal regulation, which is important for comfort and therapy.

"We are very pleased to be recognized for our leadership in developing and commercializing thermal management solutions by the U.S. Navy, and to be working with such a prominent and capable team of researchers," Coker added.

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