MIPS is a company that specializes in helmet-based safety and brain protection and is a world-leader in this area. Based on an ingredient brand model, the MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is sold to the global helmet industry. The solution, which is patented in all relevant markets, is based on 20 years’ research and development together with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
From a historical point of view, helmets have been designed to protect against energies and forces arising from a linear influence, with the principle aim of protecting against skull fractures, which is mirrored in current regulatory certification standards that at present do not take into account rotational motion from an angled impact to the head. However, the human brain is more sensitive to rotational motion than linear movements.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The MIPS R&D efforts comprise one of the cornerstones of our commercial success and our opinion is that we possess market-leading expertise regarding developments and processes in our product area. Our goal is to create a climate within the organisation that fosters knowledge development and creativity to inspire co-workers to develop new solutions and/or ideas with the assistance of an established and structured development method.
The history of MIPS
In 1995, the Swedish brain surgeon Hans von Holst from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm began to explore how helmets in general were constructed based on the belief that the helmets did not offer enough protection against brain injury. Hans von Holst contacted the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in order to initiate biomechanical research on head and neck injury prevention, which resulted in student Peter Halldin starting his PhD on head and neck injury biomechanics.