Three research groups get Center for Medical Innovation grants

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation has awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2020 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development.

The latest funding proposals include:

  • Virus-resistant wear-resistant textile by Paul W. Leu, associate professor of Industrial Engineering, Robert Shanks, associate professor of Ophthalmology; and Eric Romanowski, research director, Charles T. Campbell Laboratory of Ophthalmic Microbiology

  • A system for removal of cell-free plasma hemoglobin in extracorporeal therapies by Nahmah Kim-Campbell, assistant professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics; William Federspiel, professor of Bioengineering, and Ryan Orizondo, researcher in Bioengineering

  • A biocontainment unit for reducing viral transmission to health care workers and patients by David M. Turer, Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC; Heng Ban, professor Mechanical Engineering and Material Science; J. Peter Rubin, chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, UPMC

The Center for Medical Innovation, housed in the Swanson School of Engineering, supports applied technology projects in the early stages of development with “kickstart” funding toward the goal of transitioning the research to clinical adoption.