“Clever” NSW company's lifesaving innovation

Media release | 14 March 2017

Up to 100 schools and childcare centres have introduced wristbands designed to reduce the risk to children who suffer from serious asthma and allergy conditions.

Brothers Jarrad and Courtney Dober have just returned from the United States where they competed in a global business competition thanks to their innovative See & Save system.

The pair founded startup company CleverDux which produces coloured wristbands (green for allergy, blue for asthma, and red for anaphylaxis) to allow teachers and carers to quickly recognise, and act, if a child is suffering from a potentially life-threatening condition.

"We conducted research in five schools which showed 97 per cent of teachers could confidently identify student’s conditions when they wore the wristbands, as opposed to only one in 10 when they didn't," Jarrad said.

"The research indicated the See & Save system could save five minutes in emergency response time (down from 11 minutes to six minutes) - which could mean the difference between life and death in some serious situations."

The success of CleverDux saw the company selected as a national finalist in the highly regarded Startup competition — MassChallenge - sponsored by the NSW Government supported Jobs for NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the success of CleverDux was “a great example of a clever NSW company developing an innovative product that can save lives".

The brothers, from Sydney’s northern beaches, were recently in Boston competing in a five-day Start-up competition with the MassChallenge group, in which $3 million in funding and a four-month mentorship program was up for grabs.

"The NSW Government is proud to help this company make it to the international stage as one of Australia's brightest startups,” Mr Barilaro said.

Gretta Eastmead, of Belrose, is a big supporter of the CleverDux wristbands which are used by her seven-year-old daughter Emma who has asthma.

"Having the wristbands means teachers can easily and quickly identify and help Emma if she is having trouble.”

For further information on Jobs for NSW support visit http://www.jobsfornsw.com.au/

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Jarrod and Courtney Dober with their niece

Gretta Eastmead with daugther Emma with her CleverDux wristband