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Medical Device Verification Using Model-Based Testing

RESTON, VA, December 20, 2021 — LATCH, serving as the prime contractor, has been awarded the Medical Device Verification Using Model-Based Testing contract through the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. During this contract, LATCH, the University of Pennsylvania, and Altrix Medical, Inc. will develop and refine a methodology to identify and verify anomalies and vulnerabilities in the software and firmware of devices.

The DARPA SBIR Program is a highly competitive awards-based program that allows small businesses to immerse themselves in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) to show their technological potential. The goal of the DARPA SBIR Program is to stimulate high-tech innovation and to grow “entrepreneurial spirit” while meeting R/R&D needs.

“We are very excited to be conducting our research with DARPA and the Small Business Innovation Research program and our partners at the University of Pennsylvania and Altrix Medical,” said Leone Atchison, President of LATCH. She adds, “Under the guidance of Paul Jones, our Principal Investigator, and Dr. Oleg Sokolsky, our Co-Principal Investigator, we are enhancing warfighter readiness through a rigorous, effective, and independent verification methodology and model to identify vulnerabilities in the software and firmware of medical devices.”

LATCH was founded in 2016 and became an SBA-certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) in 2018 and an SBA-certified 8(a) Small Business in 2020. Our team provides insight into technical, finance, and business solutions as a trusted partner to the Government. Our core competencies include cloud services; cybersecurity; software development; software safety; and program and project management. We provide high-quality solutions, innovative architectures, engineering, functional designs, and verification techniques based on decades of experience that enable us to deliver a unique set of capabilities to our customers.

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