Cabinet for Economic Development
Bowling Green and Lexington High-Tech Companies Awarded Funding for Medical Technologies

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

Hand Washing Sensor System Named a Top 2009 Technology by Popular Science Magazine

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2010) – Two Kentucky high-tech companies were awarded a combined $275,000 in funding today from the Cabinet for Economic Development’s High-Tech Investment Pool.  The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved Xhale Inc. and Connected Patients LLC for state funding of up to $175,000 and $100,000 respectively to assist in the expansion of the companies. The two projects are anticipated to create a combined 21 new high-tech jobs.  

Xhale is developing technologies that analyze a person’s breath and other types of vapors for use in pharmaceutical, health monitoring and diagnostic applications. Xhale’s pipeline products include breath-based therapeutic drug monitoring and devices to replace current blood and urine tests. This technology has additional applications in the medical, home, law enforcement and industrial diagnostic markets. The company’s HyGreen wireless sensor system for hospitals, which monitors staffers who are washing their hands properly and alerts those who aren't, was named one of 2009’s Top New Technology Products by Popular Science Magazine  

Connected Patients is developing user-friendly, bed-mounted computer terminals for use in hospitals. The ConnectME touch screen enables patients to access the Internet and email; information about their medical condition; entertainment content such as games, music, and movies; and a built-in camera permits online video communication. Hospitals will be able to capture electronic data, such as patient satisfaction surveys, patient meal orders and use the terminals to access electronic medical records and order medications and treatments. 

“The awards approved today by KEDFA will help these companies develop advanced technologies that can help improve hospital safety and efficiency,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “In addition, the companies are creating over 20 high-tech jobs right here in Kentucky that will benefit the local economies of Lexington and Bowling Green.” 

Details about the companies receiving funding include: 

Xhale Inc., Bowling Green—Up to $175,000 in the form of a forgivable loan to help purchase equipment and outfit the company’s laboratory. In addition to its HyGreen hand hygiene monitoring system, Xhale is continuing to develop and commercialize other breath-based technologies. Self-Monitoring And Reporting Therapeutics, or SMART drugs, is a technology that produces breath-detectable versions of therapeutic drugs that can enhance both safety and efficacy in clinical trials, as well as in therapeutics. Other technologies under development include a breath-based monitoring system for propofol (the most commonly used IV-based anesthetic agent) as well as a new breath-ethanol monitoring technology. 

A client of the South Central Innovation and Commercialization Center, Xhale anticipates it will create a minimum of 13 full-time, high-tech and technical support jobs for Kentucky residents by Dec. 31, 2011, paying an average salary of over $55,000, exclusive of benefits.  

Connected Patients LLC, Lexington—Up to $100,000 in the form of a forgivable loan to help purchase laboratory equipment. Connected Patients is a technology company focused on providing hospitals and their patients with low-cost, easy to use, bed-mounted computer terminals. Connected Patients leases, installs and maintains its ConnectMe terminals, which can enhance a patient’s hospital experience while giving healthcare providers and hospital administrators new tools to educate patients and monitor patient satisfaction. The system can be customized to accommodate individual hospital needs and is able to track the origin of survey and meal data to enable hospital staff to respond appropriately. 

A client of the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, Connected Patients projects creating a minimum of eight full-time, high-tech and technical support jobs for Kentucky residents by Dec. 31, 2011, paying an average salary of $61,000, exclusive of benefits.  

The awards were funded through the Cabinet for Economic Development’s High-Tech Investment Pool, which is used to build technology-based and research-intensive companies and projects. Kentucky’s statewide network of six Innovation and Commercialization Centers and seven Innovation Centers provides locally accessible, business-building consulting and related services to Kentucky entrepreneurs and scientists.