|Published:||Aug 30, 2012 10:20 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 31, 2012 12:07 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - A Naples company is one of 12 small businesses to receive a $250,000 grant. Didrick Medical and their one of a kind invention put them ahead of 70,000 other companies to get the funding.
Dan Didrick is the CEO of Didrick Medical, a Naples company that has been around for eight years. His one of a kind invention is the X-Finger, the world's first functional finger for amputees.
"We're looking to be able to put some money into research to develop a low cost alternative so we can offer more individuals this device," says Didrick.
The grant program is called Mission: Small Business. Chase Bank and LivingSocial teamed up to give a dozen small businesses money to put towards expanding their company.
"This is so exciting for us to increase inventory and really start to accommodate more patients," says Didrick.
The X-Finger goes over what is left of the amputees finger and uses its natural bending motion to move. Didrick says there are more than 100,000 finger amputees every year, so the demand is there. Now, he's hoping this grant will help make his bionic finger more accessible.
Chase Bank and LivingSocial ended up giving away $3 million to 12 businesses across the country.
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