2015 Awardees

  • Lisa Friis, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Paul Arnold, Department of Neurosurgery — The invention uses direct current electrical stimulation to accelerate bone fusion and healing. A recent pilot study using sheep was successful. The POC award will be used to improve manufacturing methods and help identify other targeted orthopedic applications.
  • Laird Forrest, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry — The invention, nano-hyaluronan rapamycin (NanoTor), targets breast cancer stem cells and delivers an anticancer agent with unique efficacy. These cells resist conventional chemotherapy and radiation, which causes recurrence after treatment. NanoTor treats tumors and also prevents metastasis.
  • Christopher Allen, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science — The invention is a miniature radar-based device for use in unmanned aerial vehicles and designed to prevent airborne collisions. The POC award will be used to overcome hardware limitations, such as processing power and detection range, and support continuing commercialization development.
  • Stephen Waller, Department of Infectious Diseases — The invention uses anchored, adjustable wires attached adhesively to the skin to close large wounds. This reduces the risk of the wound re-opening. It also promotes healing and reduces surgical scarring. The POC award will support the development of research and pre-production prototypes and testing.

Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation POC

The Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation’s mission is to improve human health by accelerating new drug therapies and medical devices to patients. Click here for more details on this fund.

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