Our lab has developed and patented technology
that recently led to the formation of a start-up company (Neograft
Technologies, Inc.) for which Dr. Vorp was awarded a University of Pittsburgh
Innovator Award in 2009. This technology involves placing a biodegradable
“wrap” to prevent the acute distension of vein grafts (much like “girdle”). Clinical
trials of this technology are currently under way.
1. El-Kurdi MS, Hong Y,
Stankus JJ, Soletti L, Wagner WR, Vorp
DA, “Transient Elastic Support for Vein Grafts Using a Constricting
Microfibrillar Polymer Wrap,” Biomaterials.
2008 Aug;29(22):3213-20. PMCID: PMC2486447. NIHMSID: NIHMS54309