NASA SBIR SUCCESS STORY  Marshall Space Flight Center 
1998 Phase III 

WARP 10 Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

Quantum Devices, Inc. 

Barneveld, WI 

    The WARP [Warfighter Accelerated Recovery by Photobiomodulation] 10 is a high-intensity, portable LED unit intended for treatment of chronic pain by emitting energy in the near-infrared (IR) spectrum for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain. It can be utilized for muscle spasms, arthritis, and to temporarily increase local blood circulation where applied.
Application of WARP 10
Application of WARP 10
  • The WARP 10 produces more than 80 times more photon energy than a 250W heat lamp and 6.4 times more than the Solar Air-Mass 1.5 standard. This power advantage reduces the time required for each therapeutic dose and provides for faster multi-dose exposures where required without the harmful effects of ultraviolet solar radiation.
  • Technology/company founder Ron Ignatius received 2006 Tibbetts Awad in recognition of SBIR contributions.
  • QDI has been awarded several domestic and foreign patents, with others pending, for the use of its core technology in medical and agriculture research. QDI's SpectraLife® and Quanta-Med® lighting systems are considered gold standards for photobiomodulation research and photodynamic therapy.
  • The WARP 10 has received FDA clearance as safe and effective for its intended use.
  • Product offering is currently available through the QDI Web page at:
  • LED research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) centered on assisting armed forces personnel on the front lines with immediate first aid and care for minor injuries and pain, thereby improving endurance in combat situations.
  • While under contract to NASA, QDI's LEDs have been utilized as part of a cancer treatment known as photodynamic therapy as well as for treatments for hard-to-heal wounds and oral mucositis (a result of high-dose chemotherapy). The mucositis response to the LED energy provided the accelerated healing response that the DARPA laser eye injury program is based on.
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