SEATTLE – July 14, 2010 – Washington Technology Center awarded $5,000 to the University of Washington to support a research collaboration with Posture Wings™. Posture Wings™, a Kirkland-based developer of a patent-pending posture-correcting bra, is partnered with Allan Tencer, Ph.D., of the UW Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to conduct a biomechanics test of a support bra designed to change the angular alignment of the cervical spine to achieve a more anatomical posture.
The National Institutes of Health claims that “at some point, back pain affects an estimated 8 in 10 people. It is one of our society’s most common medical problems.” Statistics for 2008 from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries show that back pain is ranked #1 in both costs and claims. Poor posture leads to back, neck and shoulder pain. There are many risk factors that lead to negative posture including: an injury, illness, genetic disposition and today’s lifestyles that require us to sit at the computer or in traffic for prolonged periods of time.
“This new support bra will fill a void in today’s market for a comfortable product that improves posture,” said Mary Fenske, owner of Posture Wings™. “Scientific proof of effectiveness will be helpful to achieve consumer and medical confidence and to verify the product’s superior benefits.”
The $5,000 award for this project comes from an Entrepreneur’s Access grant from Washington Technology Center (WTC). WTC competitively awards state funding for applied research and technology development projects. State funding enables collaboration between companies and non-profit research institutions on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs.
About Posture Wings™
Posture Wings™, a revolutionary new category of apparel that combines fashionable garments with the (patent pending) Wing Therapy™ solution. The Wing Therapy™ solution effectively encourages good posture and is achieved with the use of technical fabrics and lamination processes that are engineered in to the garments. Posture Wings™ Vision Statement: To free people of pain and enhance their life with innovative, quality support garments. Where Orthopedics meets fashion! http://www.posturewings.com/
About Washington Technology Center
The mission of Washington Technology Center is to assist companies in the creation of innovative products and technologies that provide job opportunities for the citizens of Washington state. Through the Investing in Innovation program, Washington Technology Center provides companies with access to critical resources and support such as state and federal funding. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to state-of-the-art process tools for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center’s work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. Learn more at http://www.watechcenter.org/ or call 206-685-1920.