Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Engineered Vein Grafts (Neograft Technologies, Inc)


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.

Related publications      

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