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$6M NIH Grant Awarded to The Kidney Project

November 3, 2015

Development of a surgically implantable, artificial kidney — a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end-stage kidney disease — has received a $6 million boost, thanks to a new grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to researchers led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, and Vanderbilt University nephrologist William Fissell, MDContinue reading 

How Tiny Sensors Are Driving Innovation in Medicine

September 2, 2015

New sensor technologies are being used to monitor medical issues that were once time-consuming for hospital staff. A team of researchers and bioengineers at UCSF has developed a Band-Aid-like pressure sensor to monitor which patients might be at risk for bed sores. “I firmly believe that the next 50 years are going to be the stunning revolution of health,” says Hanmin Lee, professor of surgery at UCSF. Continue reading

‘Smart bandage’ detects bedsores before they are visible to doctors

March 17, 2015

Engineers at UC Berkeley are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible. Continue reading

Turning Simple Gadgets into Life-Saving Devices

March 11, 2015

Mozzi Etemadi, PhD, is a medical student and electrical engineer who works on applying commercially available electronics and telecommunications technologies to create new, inexpensive medical devices. Mozzi worked with Larry Rand, MD, to develop the Smart Diaphragm, a device to detect early signs of preterm birth, for which Mozzi was named Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The device is similar in size and shape to a diaphragm used for birth control, and can potentially identify early labor signs days or even weeks before contractions. Continue reading

UCSF Program Pushes Innovation in Medical Devices

June 4, 2014

At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, as in all hospitals, patients who lie in bed for hours sometimes develop painful skin sores. To prevent these wounds, nurses must check and move patients every few hours. But Dr. Hanmin Lee wonders if a device would do a better job of predicting and alerting staff to nascent bedsores. On Wednesday, UCSF will open the Rosenman Institute, a program intended to give Lee and other faculty members the resources to turn their ideas for medical devices into real products. Read more here.

ANSYS Hosts Seminar on Engineering Simulation for Biomedical Applications at UCSF

September 26, 2013

ANSYS came to UCSF on September 26 and put on a great seminar on the uses and capabilities of their simulation software for various medical and biomedical applications. It was eye-opening to see how their modeling software can accelerate the development of medical devices. Through ANSYS's academic partnership with UCSF, PDC members are using ANSYS software to optimize their device designs and streamline the prototyping process. 

Magnamosis 1st at ASAIO Medical Device Entrepreneur’s Forum

June 14, 2013

The PDC's Magnamosis project took top honors in the ASAIO 2nd Annual Medical Device Entrepreneur’s Forum, part of the ASAIO's 59th Annual Conference in Chicago in June. The three finalists, all award-winning entrepreneurs with innovative medical device technologies, presented their business plans before a panel with expertise in regulatory, reimbursement, intellectual property, and venture capital. The goal of the forum is to foster interaction and education among clinical, research, industry and government stakeholders toward understanding strategies that accelerate the commercialization of innovative medical technologies.

PDC Project Takes Home First Place at CSU Research Competition

May 20, 2013

San Francisco State University graduate student Shad Kish won first place in the Engineering and Computer Sciences category at the California State University Research Competition on May 10-11 for her presentation, "Miniaturizing RFID for Biomedical Implants." Shad's work with her mentor, San Francisco State engineering professor Hao Jiang, PhD, was inspired by needs for the PDC's Magnamosis device.

Medical Devices Fall Short for Children -

May 6, 2013

“Innovation in medicine is driven by need, but also by the market,” said Dr. Michael R. Harrison, the director emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center and the director of the Pediatric Device Consortium, both at UCSF. “Big markets have lots of folks developing devices, but small markets like the pediatrics market don’t.” Read the The New York Times' Well blog's coverage of the challenges involved in pediatric medical device development.

Kidney Project Featured in Onward California Campaign

March 21, 2013

Shuvo Roy, PhD, a UCSF bioengineer and the technical director of the UCSF-led effort to create the first implantable artificial kidney, was recently on Capitol Hill to inform congressional staff about the device. The kidney project is now featured in the UC Office of the President's Onward California campaign, which aims to educate Californians about the impact the University has in their lives. Read more and watch the video here.