Saving Sara
Location: Berkeley, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2013
Stage: Alpha (prototype)
Number of employees: 1-5
Funding history:
- Date: 12/2014, Accelerator/Incubator: $4 k
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Saving Sara

Berkeley, California, United States United States
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Saving Sara aims at eliminating unnecessary deaths in the developing world from postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), the leading cause of maternal mortality. This occurs when a woman’s body cannot stop bleeding after childbirth, a condition which can kill the individual in as little as 2 hours if left untreated.

Many low resource settings are now equipped with a non- pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG), a medical device which provides pressure to the patient’s abdomen and legs, effectively slowing blood loss and shunting blood away from the lower extremities towards the vital organs. The NASG also applies direct pressure onto the uterus, helping it to contract to slow blood loss. However, medical practitioners who utilize this garment on their patients are unable to quantify the amount of pressure they have applied to patients, leading to a large variance in pressure applied and lowering the effectiveness of the NASG. There currently is no gold standard of required pressure to be applied to a female female to combat lower mortality from PPH.

Saving Sara has developed a biomedical pressure sensor device (patent pending) that enables medical practitioners to monitor and modulate the amount of pressure applied to their patients, helping them manage the pressure being applied in a more efficient way than is currently possible. Our preliminary testing on our device shows that it is capable of reading and applying pressure for 20 hours with minimal decrease in pressure application. Our next step involvs clinical testing, utilizing dummy models, followed by patient testing. Saving Sara aims to supply low-resources and financially strapped settings with our device following these testing phases, so that tens of thousands of mothers do not die from a completely treatable cause.


  • Alisha Manandhar
    Alisha Manandhar | Founder
    I am the CEO of Saving Sara, focusing on business strategy and execution. By day, I work as a change management consultant for large tech corporations.
  • Sandeep Prabhu
    Sandeep Prabhu | Team member
    I am the Chief Communciations Officer at Saving Sara, medical student at UC San Diego and a bioengineer fascinated by the intersection between engineering, medicine and social entrepreneurship.