5 Innovative Medical Devices

The University of Pittsburgh, USA, has approved financing for $200,000

Written Thursday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

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As you already know, our blog is dedicated to research and development in the medical field; this week, we’ll be discussing the important decision made by the American University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania: to finance 5 deserving projects that are potentially “brilliant” with an initial sum of $200,000. Let’s have a closer look at the news item which first appeared on the information website nextpittsburgh.com.

Even the most technological medical devices arise from the simplest ideas. For about six years, the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) at the University of Pittsburgh has been encouraging the production of something brilliant, promising to support the most deserving projects. “We reward the projects that promote tangible innovation and which will have an impact”, Dr. Alan Hirschman, Professor of Bioengineering and Executive Director at the CMI has always sustained. Now it seems that 5 extraordinary projects have been chosen. Included amongst these are devices that will help physicians and healthcare staff solve a number of problems, from accidents that traumatise the eye and hearing loss to respiratory problems.

Here is a summary of the 5 projects that received funding to be invested:

  1. the development and bioengineering project for a synthetic material that could be used to coat the interior of blood vessels for promoting blood flow. Technically it is called Biocarpet for peripheral arteries. "It creates a new surface that is more or less performing according to the damage response", explained Professor Hirschman. "The medical need is to have repairing tissues inside the arteries that have been damaged by arteriosclerosis”;
  2. the project at point 1 will also help patients with respiratory problems - such as cystic fibrosis - with a new type of medication never used before. It consists of producing (project no. 2) a system similar to an aerosol inhaler "that will direct the drugs as close as possible to the affected organs- in this case the lungs. The innovation consists in creating an aerosol inhaler suitable for delivering this medicine, which is particularly difficult to treat”,  the professor emphasized.
  3. Project 3 consists of creating an instrument able to test deafness levels in patients with hearing problems in a time frame ranging from 30 to 60 seconds: the machine will automatically modulate the volume of the physician’s voice so as to make it be heard and understood by the patient. "It is both a simple yet brilliant idea. Nobody thought there was such a need, and instead there is no medical device like it", said Hirschman;
  4. the fourth project involves creating a revolutionary gel to treat eye injuries, thus eliminating gauze and bandages that can cause infections;
  5. the last project regards the teeth. Normally, during procedures to treat an unhealthy tooth, the dentist extracts the infected material from the tooth "filling" the hole with a combination of various materials. Vital-Dent is the extraordinary project for biological material whose final objective is to heal and regenerate the tooth, reducing the risk of losing it. This is indeed an ambitious project which could change the history of medicine and dentistry


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Emanuele Mortarotti
Author Emanuele Mortarotti


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