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NASHVILLE, IND. (2/15/2021) – Wave Therapeutics, a woman-owned start-up based in Nashville, Indiana, has finalized a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Innovation Ecosystem. Under this agreement the VHA Innovation Ecosystem and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center will collaborate with Wave Therapeutics on the design and development of the company’s initial product, a wheelchair seat cushion that is designed to reduce the risk of pressure injuries (bedsores).


Company founder Jessica Bussert, a registered nurse, is thrilled to have caught the attention of the VHA Innovation Ecosystem. “I founded this company after caring for a veteran who was suffering from the worst bedsores I had ever seen,” Bussert says. “He was my inspiration and being able to work with Veterans Health to bring this product to their patients is very gratifying.”


Bedsores cost the US economy over $10 billion each year and kill 60,000 Americans. Bussert has developed a patent-pending technology that she believes will change the way medical professionals approach this problem, which current affects over 3 million Americans annually.


Wave Therapeutics expects to enter the marketplace with their initial product later this year. Their technology has applications in the healthcare, automotive, airline, military, and consumer markets.



Wave Therapeutics is a division of Bussert Medical, Inc, and is an economically disadvantaged, woman owned small business, headquartered in Nashville, Indiana. The company’s products use a unique smart cushioning technology to address the problem of bedsores, blood clots, and discomfort. Wave Therapeutics plans to manufacture and distribute from their home state of Indiana.



VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) is the catalyst for enabling the discovery and spread of mission-driven health care innovation to advance care delivery and service that exceeds expectations, restores hope, and builds trust within the Veteran community. This collaboration is supported through VHA IE Innovators Network (iNET) Greenhouse Initiative. The Greenhouse is a new opportunity for the health care innovation community outside of VA to collaborate directly with iNET sites throughout the country to design the innovative solutions of the future.