Sepsis Institute Coming Soon!

February 4, 2019

DRIVe and Sepsis Alliance Partner to Improve Sepsis Patient Outcomes Through Innovative Learning Solutions.

DRIVe and Sepsis Alliance to develop the Sepsis Institute, a healthcare provider education and training platform, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis – the leading cause of deaths in U.S. hospitals.

San Diego, Calif, February 4, 2019 – Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, and DRIVe, a US government division focused on accelerating innovative products and approaches to improve the nation’s health security, are partnering to create the Sepsis Institute in order to prevent a major sepsis public health crisis in the event of a national pandemic, or a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. High rates of infection in any of these situations can lead to sepsis.

Taking an estimated 270,000 Americans lives each year, sepsis occurs when the body’s response to infection results in an overwhelming immune reaction that can cause serious tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Early identification of sepsis is critical, because mortality from sepsis increases by as much as 8% for every hour treatment is delayed.

“Increasingly sepsis is being recognized as a medical emergency, a leading cause of death and a major public health concern,” said Thomas Heymann, Sepsis Alliance President and Executive Director. “Through this exciting new partnership with DRIve to develop the Sepsis Institute, sepsis is now being addressed as a national security risk that can threaten our nation’s health and well-being.”

The Sepsis Institute, an innovative educational multiplatform training program, will provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and tools to rapidly diagnose and treat sepsis. Healthcare providers will have access to high quality, evidence-based sepsis education and training. This will include training modules for providers across the continuum of care, from primary care practitioners, emergency medical services personnel, nurses, and emergency room physicians.

DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) aims to achieve solutions to America’s 21st century health security challenges through collaboration and support for the development of innovative products and approaches. DRIVe is an initiative of BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DRIVe’s Solving Sepsis program supports the development of transformational technologies, including preventative and mitigation measures to reduce sepsis incidence, morbidity and mortality, as well as economic burden. The program is part of DRIVe’s mission to support transformative innovation to protect Americans from 21st century health security threats.

DRIVe and Sepsis Alliance are committed to establishing a public-non-profit organization partnership, with DRIVe contributing $427,248 of the total $622,248 estimated project cost to establish the Sepsis Institute and develop educational content. Sepsis Alliance will fund the remaining development costs.

DRIVe is transforming the speed in which government partners with industry. To streamline its funding mechanism, DRIVe implemented a new EZ-BAA application, a business-friendly simple abstract.

About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the leading sepsis organization in the U.S., working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professional and community members together in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Since 2007, sepsis awareness in the U.S. has risen from 19% to 65%. Sepsis Alliance is a GuideStar Gold Rated charity. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.

About DRIVe

Transforming Health Security: DRIVe strives to saves lives by investing in transformational products and technologies to better protect Americans from 21st century health security threats. We believe the time is uniquely now to make the once impossible, possible. We aim to make broad impacts in health security by fostering novel public private partnerships, improving and accelerating government practices, and advancing disruptive innovations. We work with innovators, investors, industry, government partners, incubators, and accelerators to boldly bring forward what was once only imaginable. We will deliver new tools to empower individuals, patients and healthcare professionals to quickly detect and respond to health threats. DRIVe is a Division of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For more information about DRIVe, visit


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