The University of Missouri’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program today awarded five grants totaling $409,000 to help promising medical discoveries make the transition from laboratory research to commercial investment and direct patient care.
The University of Missouri College of Engineering and School of Medicine received approximately $500,000 in funding for cutting-edge biomedical innovations from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and an additional $4 million investment from MU to continue the program.
MU researcher Ajit Tharakan has developed a camera that can see blood flow during surgeries for coronary artery bypass grafting. The camera makes it easier for doctors to know when blood flow in the new artery is restored before they close the patient's chest. The Near Infrared Navigation System, or NAVI, was created by Raghuraman Kannan, an associate professor in the departments of Radiology and Bioengineering, and Tharakan. It is among five biomedical projects awarded a portion of about $500,000 in grants to help speed up their paths from lab to market.
The University of Missouri will extend its partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation for a program that connects biomedical researchers with the marketplace, officials said at an awards presentation Tuesday.