CMI awards six new seed grants in 2012 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program
PITTSBURGH (January 7, 2013) ... The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for
Medical Innovation (CMI) has awarded six (6) new seed grants in the
2012 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program, totaling $113,000. Funding of the
program is shared jointly between the Swanson School of Engineering and
the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership.
team receiving the award represents a partnership between faculty
co-investigators from the Swanson School of Engineering and the Schools
of the Health Sciences. The awardees were selected by the CMI review
team from among 20 proposals for innovative early stage medical
technologies. Selection criteria involved considerations of clinical,
technical, and commercial factors.
The CMI is an
interdisciplinary program within the University of Pittsburgh, whose
purpose is to stimulate, guide, and promote the development and
commercialization of early-stage technological innovations to improve
health care. CMI provides an organizational structure that links
faculty, students, and clinicians across the University of Pittsburgh
through collaboration with the Swanson School of Engineering, Schools of
the Health Sciences, Katz School of Business, School of Law, Office of
Technology Management, and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Translational Research Partnership II.
Details of this program and other CMI-related information can be found at www.engineering.pitt.edu/cmi.
The list of 2012 Round-2 awardees are indicated below:
Thomas Friberg, MS, MD, Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering, UPMC Eye Center
Yadong Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
“Reverse thermal gel as a controlled release platform for intraocular therapeutic delivery”
for a controlled release drug delivery platform based on a specific
reverse thermal gel to deliver therapy to the eye for treatment of a
variety of eye diseases This technology will allow controlled release of
drugs, thereby reducing treatment frequency, lowering infection risk,
and reducing healthcare costs. The grant will generate data needed to
attract investment, secure federal grant support, and to promote
interest by the pharmaceutical industry.
Matt Sundermann, Dept. of Bioengineering and Dept. of Emergency Medicine.
David Salcido, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology
Robert Tisherman, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
James Menegazzi, PhD, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Dept of Bioengineering
Clifton Callaway, MD, PhD, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
“Automatic Chest Compression Device”
to develop a “smart” CPR system that controls the administration of
chest compressions. The grant would be used to fund experimental work
and comparisons with current commercial devices.
Richard E. Debski, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering
Shawn S. Farrokhi, PhD, DPT, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
William F. Donaldson, MD, Professor and Chief Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
“Daily web-based inter-ACTION: Rehabilitation through a Wearable Motion Tracking Device”
for proof of concept model of a wearable motion capture device and
web-based software measuring and communicating joint function data for
patients and physical therapists. Funds will be used to develop and test
functional prototypes which can be tested and evaluated in a laboratory
setting prior to patient use.
Charles Sfeir, DMD, PhD, Director, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh
Prashant N. Kumta, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering
“Degradable Metallic Plates and Screws for Bone Fixation”
for development and pre-clinical testing of second generation devices
manufactured from proprietary biodegradable magnesium alloys. Safety and
efficacy of devices will be evaluated for bone fracture healing.
Brian Jankowitz, MD, Assistant Professor Neurosurgery, UPMC
Anne M. Robertson, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Youngjae Chun, PhD, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
“Novel Guidewires for Smooth Navigation in Interventional Radiology”
for development and testing of a novel class of guidewires, which
facilitate endovascular interventions through complex vascular anatomy,
and thereby reduce procedure time and patient risk.
Abbay N. Vats, MD, Dept. of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, UPMC
Alex J. Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marlin Mickle, PhD, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
William Stanchina, PhD, Chairman and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Point of Care Molecular Diagnostic Instrument with Data Tracking Capability”
for development of a rapid, inexpensive, point of care instrument
utilizing isothermal DNA amplification for detecting STDs. Funds will
be used to refine the current functional proof of concept model into a
compact, portable system suitable for commercialization.