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First meeting of the Steering Committee of the Odon Device study in Monaco

On November 9-11 2012, the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Odon Device was held in Monte Carlo at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre. Participants included principal investigators from all study centers (Argentina, Hong Kong, Monaco, South Africa, Switzerland) and experts from Italy, Norway, USA and the World Health Organization.

The meeting was chaired by Prof. Alain Treisser, the head of the maternity unit at the prestigious Prince Grace Hospital, and opened by Dr. Jean Michel Cucchi, President of the Ordre des Médecins de Monaco (Monaco Medical College).

The main outcome of the meeting, based on a review of the preliminary phase of the study (30 deliveries using the Odon device) and the recommendations of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB), was a positive endorsement of the study. Investigators are now proceeding with completing Phase 1 of the study (100 additional subjects).

See the press release of the Principality of Monaco here >>

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The Odon Device at the 2012 FIGO Congress

The preliminary results of the Odon Device study were presented at the 2012 Congress of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) held in Rome, Italy on October 7-12.

Congress participants were also invited to meet Mr. Jorge Odon, the inventor, and try the device on a simulator made available at the World Health Organization stand and during a private reception.

As in all previous presentations at scientific meetings, the Odon Device generated considerable positive interest. The FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health mentioned the Odon Device in its guidelines for the second stage of labor recently published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

See the FIGO guidelines here >>

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Presentations at scientific meetings

The Odón device was presented at the following international conferences:
• Birth World Congress: Clinical Challenges in Labor and Delivery (Chicago, USA 9-11 September 2011);
• XX World Congress of Perinatal Medicine (Punta del Este, Uruguay 8-11 November, 2011);
• 10th World Congress of Maternal and Neonatal Health. (Rome, Italy 18-20 December 2011);

Feedback from global opinion leaders participating in the conferences was optimistic about the potential of the device for clinical care in the all settings across the globe.
A new scientific presentation featuring updated results from the WHO study is included in the scientific programme of the forthcoming FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) 2012 World Congress that will be held in Rome, Italy on 7-12 October 2012.

Other awards

The Odón device won the First Prize at the competition for technological innovation INNOVAR 2011. (


Washington July 28, 2011
The Odon Device is a winner in the “Saving Lives at Birth: a Grand Challenge for Development” global competition.

The global call for innovations, “Saving Lives at Birth: a Grand Challenge for Development,” was issued by USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Norway, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank. It called on “the brightest minds across the globe to identify and scale up transformative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings around the time of birth”.

The final stage of the competition was held on July 28th in Washington, D.C. The Odon Device and 18 other innovative ideas were selected out of 600 total applicants to receive funding for their “potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns at the time of birth”. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in the event and restated the commitment of the US Government to this initiative.

The Odon Device booth was among the few selected for a private visit by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID.  He was presented with a demonstration of the device.

For more information on the “Saving Lives at Birth: a Grand Challenge for Development” please visit :

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