Guilford-based GestVision has received a national innovation award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patents for Humanity Program. An announcement was made by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03).

Patents for Humanity was launched by the U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office to promote game-changing innovations that solve long-standing development challenges.

GestVision developed a quick, simple, low-cost diagnostic test for preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication and the leading cause of prenatal death for mothers and babies in low and middle-income counties. They were one of only four nationwide winners.