Partnership with Harvard’s Wyss Institute
We are partnered with Harvard University’s Wyss Institute in late 2015 to to advance research and development efforts in the early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis. We have donated over $100,000 the Wyss Institute, directed to Project ABBIE.
The immediate goal for Project ABBIE is to understand the physiological and biochemical signals that indicate anaphylaxis and develop a wearable device that continually monitors these signals.
Once a critical threshold is reached, the device would alert caregivers and auto-inject a life-saving dose of epinephrine.John Osborne
The device would be worn on the body at all times to provide control in an uncontrollable situation, potentially saving lives.
The Wyss Institute’s mission is to develop biologically inspired materials and devices that will solve important medical and environmental problems and to translate these technologies into products that will impact society and the world. The Wyss Institute prides itself on its “collaboratories” that bring diverse academic, clinical, and industrial partners together under one roof.
Meet the lead faculty and staff behind Project Abbie
Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.
Benjamin Matthews, M.D.
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening reaction to food, insect stings, medicine or latex. Over 15 million Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. With little warning when exposed to a trigger, millions are at risk of near sudden death.
The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation funds new education programs, with the support of medical professionals, for those at risk.
“I’m Aware and I Care”, is an allergy awareness program that we have launched. I’m Aware and I Care works to educate communities on the many food allergies today and how to recognize ingredients that will put you in harms way. The program started at Woodward School in Southborough, MA during Food Allergy Awareness Week. Throughout the program students are educated on food ingredients/allergies to help themselves and their fellow classmates who may be at risk of anaphylaxis.
The Foundation is active in our community. You’ll find us at the starting line of the Boston Marathon demonstrating auto-injectors and evangelizing the importance of early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis. In addition, we sponsor educational speakers to speak about food allergies and award two scholarships in our hometown. And during the holiday season, Abbie’s favorite time of the year, we do a toy drive to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. We’ve donated over 5,000 toys through this event!
Put simply, it is our mission to #stopanaphylaxis!