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Oct. 05, 2022

Round 2 2022 Early Stage Seed Grant:

Round 2 2022 Early Stage Seed Grant: Preproposals Due October 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM PDF Version of RFP   Previous Winners More About the CMI  

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Aug. 12, 2021

CMI-Funded Research Creates Reusable PPE That Can Repel Coronaviruses

CMI-Funded Research Creates Reusable PPE That Can Repel Coronaviruses University of Pittsburgh researchers and recipients of CMI funding, Dr. Paul Leu, Dr. Robert Shanks, and Eric Romanowski, have developed a nanomaterial coating for fabric PPE (personal protective equipment) that can both repel...

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Jun. 28, 2021

New CMI Fellow - Michael Russo

New CMI Fellow - Michael Russo Michael Russo has been selected to be the new Center for Medical Innovation fellow and is replacing his friend Rey Ravi. He will be responsible for the CMI’s social media content, website, and outreach activities. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Michael attended Drexel...

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Jun. 27, 2021

News From LeanMed

News From LeanMedCMI leader and LeanMed founder, Mark Adkins, recently shared some fantastic news with us. LeanMed’s O2 Cube, a solar-powered medical oxygen generator for rural communities, recently began its path towards FDA approval using the FDA’s Fast Track pathway. This will allow LeanMed to...

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Dec. 15, 2020

Virtual Open Houses 2021

Bioengineering Professional Masters Programs Open House MS-MPE: Medical Product Engineering MS-NE: Neural Engineering Click HERE to RSVP! Join us on January 15th or February 12th for a discussion about our University of Pittsburgh Bioengineering Professional Masters Graduate Programs including: MS...

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Dec. 15, 2020

StabilEyes: An Innovative Solution for Nystagmus

  StabilEyes: An Innovative Solution to Nystagmus From a $25,000 CMI seed funding grant in 2019, Julia Foust and Dr. George Stetten present a novel method to determine frequency and phase of repetitive eye motion, using the widely available platforms of smartphones and tablets, requiring only the...

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Dec. 09, 2020

A Shave and a Haircut on Two Wheels

A Shave and a Haircut on Two Wheels PITTSBURGH (Dec. 2, 2020) … When the COVID-19 quarantines began, one luxury people grew to miss was being pampered in a salon or barbershop. For many wheelchair users, however, salon hair care is often a challenge. The process can require an individual to be...

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Nov. 24, 2020

Swanson School Stent Technologies Clinch Wells Competition Awards

  Wells Healthcare Competition Two Swanson School of Engineering projects received awards at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s Wells Healthcare Competition, which provides funding for students who are developing innovations related to the health care field. Moataz Elsisy, a PhD...

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Nov. 24, 2020

CMI Round 2 - 2020 Early Stage Medical Technology R&D Program Requests for Proposals

CENTER FOR MEDICAL INNOVATION (CMI) Round-2 2020 Early-Stage Medical Technology R&D PROGRAM REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. SUBMISSIONS DUE BY 11:59 PM, December 31, 2020. The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) (Center for Medical Innovation), in collaboration with the Clinical...

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Nov. 24, 2020

CMI Appoints Mark Adkins to CMI Leadership Team

CMI Appoints Mark Adkins to CMI Leadership Team The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) is supported by a leadership team representing multiple disciplines across the University. Mark Adkins, who accepted an invitation to serve on this team, will provide strategic and...

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Nov. 19, 2020

New CMI Fellow Highlight: Rey Ravi

This fall, Rey Ravi joins the CMI Team as a fellow to the Center of Medical Innovation. A former undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh and a current student at the Masters of Medical Product Engineering program, he will be responsible for updating the website and assisting in recruitment...

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Sep. 24, 2020

Virtual Open House events

The MS-MPE program at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to provide students didactic and experiential learning opportunities aimed at accelerating translation of innovative ideas into impactful medical products. Pittsburgh is a hub for healthcare and biomedical innovation.  Students in our...

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Jul. 09, 2020

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $60,000 in Round 1 2020 Pilot Funding

  Round-1 Pilot Funding Program PITTSBURGH (July 1, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2020 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The...

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Apr. 28, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation awards a novel biomedical project with $15,000 in Round 1 2020 Pilot Funding

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation awards a novel biomedical project with $15,000 in Round 1 2020 Pilot Funding PITTSBURGH (April 28, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) has awarded a $15,000 grant through an “expedited” 2020 Round-1...

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Feb. 04, 2020

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $47,500 in Round 2 2019 Pilot Funding

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical projects with $47,500 in Round 2 2019 Pilot Funding PITTSBURGH (January 31, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $47,500 to three research groups through its 2019 Round-2...

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Oct. 23, 2019

New CMI Fellow: Eva Caruso

New CMI Fellow: Eva Caruso Hi, my name is Eva Caruso and I’m the new Center for Medical Innovation Fellow! I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Medical Product Engineering which is a part of the Bioengineering department at University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. My passion for the...

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Apr. 15, 2019

CMI Team Success Story: OcuDERM

CMI Team Success Story:  OcuDERM By William Hsin, CMI Fellow According to the US Eye Injury Registry (University of Alabama at Birmingham), over 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year in the US, an estimated one million of which result in permanent, significant visual impairment. Eye injuries are...

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Jun. 21, 2018

Welcome our new CMI Fellow Jinal Mistry!

Welcome our new CMI Fellow Jinal Mistry!     Our current CMI Fellow, Mr. Akhil Aniff, will be finishing his term as the CMI Fellow as of June 30, 2018. Akhil is graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Bioengineering. He is a Fellow in the Venture for America program and will be...

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Jun. 18, 2018

CMI Team Success Story: Aruga Technologies

CMI Team Success Story:  Aruga Technologies By Akhil Aniff, CMI Fellow Aruga Technologies is a new Pitt spin-off company that is hoping to revolutionize the field of vascular grafts. Their unique graft technology, named TopoGraft, aims to reduce the occurrence of clot formation in blood vessels...

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Jun. 18, 2018

CMI Team Success Story: 2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

CMI Team Success Story:  2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition By Akhil Aniff, CMI Fellow On March 29th 2018, several teams that have received funding from the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) participated in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition at the University of Pittsburgh. The Big...

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Jun. 18, 2018

CMI Team Success Story: OcuDERM

CMI Team Success Story:  OcuDERM By Akhil Aniff, CMI Fellow OcuDerm is a new team that is working on a therapeutic gel for EMTs and paramedics to apply to victims of severe eye trauma. The technology behind OcuDerm was pioneered by Dr. Morgan Fedorchak, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering...

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Apr. 20, 2017

Successful project completion- Controlled release, gel‐based ear drops for treatment of otitis media

Successful project completion- Controlled release, gel‐based ear drops for treatment of otitis media By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow Source: Mayo Clinic  CMI would like to congratulate Dr. Morgan Fedorchak and Dr. Cuneyt Alper, the investigators of the project titled: “Controlled release, gel‐based...

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Apr. 18, 2017

Successful Project Completion- RegenMatrix: Collagen-mimetic Bioactive Hydrogels for Bone Regeneration

Successful Project Completion- RegenMatrix: Collagen-mimetic Bioactive Hydrogels for Bone Regeneration By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow   CMI would like to congratulate the investigators of the project RegenMatrix for the successful completion of their project with the aid of CMI funding. The...

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Mar. 15, 2017

Pitt’s Bioengineering program moves up in 2018 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings

Pitt’s Bioengineering program moves up in 2018 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School RankingsBy Yash Mokashi, CMI FellowPitt’s Bioengineering program ranked 12th among all bioengineering programs in the US (a significant jump from the 18th position last year) and 6th among public AAU university...

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Feb. 14, 2017

Job Placements- December 2016 Graduate Students

Job Placements- December 2016 Graduate Students By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow Thomas Edwin Scheurich III Thomas starts working with MedStar Innovation Institute, Washington DC as a Usability Analyst, this February. MedStar is a healthcare system with ten hospitals in the DC-Baltimore region. They...

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Feb. 06, 2017

CMI welcomes new Directors to the CMI Leadership Team: Brian Vidic and Dr. Robert Kormos

CMI welcomes new Directors to the CMI Leadership Team: Brian Vidic and Dr. Robert Kormos.  By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow Brian Vidic:  Brian Vidic is the Executive Director of the Office of Research Operations and Business Engagement. Brian brings years of business development and commercial...

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Jan. 06, 2017

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $77,500 total Round-2 2016 Pilot Funding

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $77,500 total Round-2 2016 Pilot Funding By Yash Mokashi, CMI Fellow PITTSBURGH (January 6, 2017) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $77,500 to four research...

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Dec. 21, 2016

Fall 2016 End of Semester Celebration:

Fall 2016 End of Semester Celebration:  The Fall 2016 end-of-semester celebration for the MS-Medical Product Engineering and C-Medical Product Innovation students was held at Dave & Buster’s on December 18th. Students got the opportunity to interact and unwind after finals week, with food and...

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Sep. 25, 2016

New CMI Fellow: Yash Mokashi

The Center for Medical Innovation would like to welcome our new CMI- fellow, Mr. Yash Mokashi.  Mr. Mokashi is currently a graduate student in the MS- Medical Product Engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh. He has completed his undergraduate education in Biomedical Engineering at VIT...

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Jul. 18, 2016

CMI AWARDS $140,000 TO SIX PROJECTS IN 2016 ROUND-1 SEED GRANT

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards six novel biomedical devices with $140,000 total Round-1 2016 Pilot Funding PITTSBURGH (July 12, 2016) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $140,000 to six research groups through its 2016 Round-1...

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Feb. 29, 2016

CMI announces 2013 Round-2 Pilot Funding Awards

Center for Medical Innovation announces 2013 Round-2 Pilot Funding Awards for new biomedical technology    PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2014) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded a total of $82,000 to six research groups through its 2013 Round-2 Pilot Funding...

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Feb. 26, 2016

CMI welcomes new directors: Donald Taylor, PhD, MBA and Evan A. Facher, PhD

CMI welcomes new directors CMI welcomes new directors: Donald Taylor, PhD, MBA and Evan A. Facher, PhD

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Feb. 26, 2016

CMI welcomes new director: Tracy Cui, PhD

CMI welcomes new director CMI welcomes new director: Tracy Cui, PhD

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Feb. 26, 2016

CMI welcomes new Coulter TPII representative: Max Fedor, MBA

CMI welcomes new Coulter TPII representative CMI welcomes new Coulter TPII representative: Max Fedor, MBA

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Feb. 12, 2016

Dr. Kilichan Gurleyik named Education Director

CMI announces the addition of Dr. Kilichan Gurleyik as Education Director   The Center for Medical Innovation and the Swanson School of Engineering welcome to the faculty Dr. Kilichan Gurleyik , Visiting Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and the new Associate Director of Educational Programs for...

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Nov. 20, 2015

Success Story, Noah Papas: CMI Opens New Doors to Entrepreneurship

Noah Papas: CMI Opens New Doors to Entrepreneurship Noah Papas didn't anticipate going back to school. After earning his master's degree in ligament biomechanics, he worked as an engineer at Johnson and Johnson for five years. He then joined a research project on the biomechanics of embryonic...

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Oct. 02, 2015

Success Story, Subi Natarajan: From Research to Management

Subi Natarajan :  From Research to Management LinkedIn When applying to bioengineering MS programs, Subi Natarajan was focused on traditional research based programs. However, she was already frustrated about how so much of the promising research in the field never left the lab and couldn't...

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Aug. 05, 2015

CMI Round-1 2015 Pilot Funding

CMI awards four novel biomedical devices with $95,000 total Round-1 2015 Pilot FundingBy Yash Mokashi, CMI FellowPITTSBURGH (August 5, 2015) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $95,000 to four research groups through its 2015 Round-1 Pilot...

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Jul. 06, 2015

Development of a Fat Extraction Transfer Cannula

Development of a Fat Extraction/Transfer Cannula for Greater Fat Particle Size Control By Brian Lupish, CMI FellowThe University of Pittsburgh CMI program has funded a translational research project to develop the PrecisionGraftTM lipotransfer cannula.  Lipotransfer is a reconstructive surgery...

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Jul. 02, 2015

Utilizing a Modified Oxygenator for Enhanced CO2 Scrubbing in Low-Volume Lung Protective Ventilation

Utilizing a Modified Oxygenator for Enhanced CO 2 Scrubbing in Low-Volume Lung Protective VentilationBy Brian Lupish, CMI FellowAn in vitro prototype for a new type of CO 2 scrubber for mechanical low-volume protective ventilation devices has been designed at the University of Pittsburgh...

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Feb. 20, 2015

Dilatable Port for Deep Brain Access: A minimally invasive approach to remove brain tumor

Dilatable Port for Deep Brain Access: A minimally invasive approach to remove brain tumor   By: Mirrah Almira - CMI Fellow   Introduction: A team of a physician and an engineer at the University of Pittsburgh has created a dilatable port to access deep brain tumor. This invention has great promise...

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Feb. 12, 2015

Biodegradable thermo-responsive gel as a controlled release platform for intraocular drug delivery

Biodegradable thermo-responsive gel as a controlled release platform for intraocular drug delivery By: Mirrah Almira - CMI FellowPeople over age 50 risk blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Current treatment for "wet AMD" involves frequent intraocular injections which are...

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Feb. 11, 2015

Point-of-care molecular diagnostic system: A novel way to identify pathogens in the clinical setting

Point-of-care molecular diagnostic system: A novel way to identify pathogens in the clinical setting   By: Mirrah Almira - CMI Fellow   Introduction: Eager to solve one of the biggest problems in the clinical setting, engineers and physicians at the University of Pittsburgh have teamed up to create...

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Feb. 03, 2015

Treating Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Automatic Chest Compression Device for Adaptive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Treating Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA): Automatic Chest Compression Device for Adaptive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)   By: Mirrah Almira - CMI Fellow   Introduction: The fact that patients vary in anatomy and underlying pathology makes a "one-size-fits-all" CPR technology insufficient...

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Jan. 29, 2015

Motion Tracking Device and Web-based Software for Rehabilitation of Knee Joint

 InterACTION TM : Motion Tracking Device and Web-based Software for Rehabilitation of Knee Joint  By: Mirrah Almira - CMI Fellow   Introduction: Adequate rehabilitation is the key for a successful recovery after total knee replacement surgery. Realizing its importance, a team of...

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Jan. 22, 2015

Treating Chronic Skin Wounds with Curostem

Treating Chronic Skin Wounds with Curostem™ By: Mirrah Almira - CMI Fellow Introduction: By harnessing the power of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), a team of engineers and pathologists at the University of Pittsburgh has established Curostem(TM), a novel approach to treat chronic skin wounds. ...

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Dec. 31, 2014

Student Success Story: Randall Family Big Idea Competition, 1st Price

Student Success Story: Randall Family Big Idea Competition, 1st PriceBy Yash Mokashi, CMI FellowThe Center for Medical Innovation would like to congratulate Bioengineering Graduate Student (MBA/ MS- Medical Product Engineering), Nick Scangas, and his team on achieving 1st place (General/IT Category)...

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Dec. 11, 2014

Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical devices with $53,000 total Round-2 2014 Pilot Funding

Pitt's Center for Medical Innovation awards three novel biomedical devices with $53,000 total Round-2 2014 Pilot Funding  PITTSBURGH (Dec 11, 2014) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $53,000 to three research groups through its 2014...

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Jun. 30, 2014

Center for Medical Innovation awards eight novel biomedical devices with $100,000 total 2014 Round-1 Pilot Funding

Pitt's Center for Medical Innovation awards eight novel biomedical devices with $100,000 total 2014 Round-1 Pilot Funding   PITTSBURGH (June 30, 2014) … The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $100,000 to eight research groups through its 2014...

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Jul. 15, 2013

CMI announces first round of 2013 award grants

Center for Medical Innovation announces Round-1 2013 grant awards  PITTSBURGH (July 15, 2013) … The Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering announced five awards in its 2013 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology R&D....

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Jan. 07, 2013

CMI awards six new seed grants in 2012 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program

CMI awards six new seed grants in 2012 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program   PITTSBURGH (January 7, 2013) ... The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) has awarded six (6) new seed grants in the 2012 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program, totaling $113,000. Funding of the program is...

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Nov. 01, 2012

CMI announces first seed grants

 CMI announces first seed grant awards  The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) has awarded its first seed grants of $25,000 to three teams of investigators as part of its 2012 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program. Each team represents a partnership between faculty...

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Aug. 21, 2012

Professional Masters in Medical Product Engineering information seminar

Center for Medical Innovation hosts Professional Master of Science in Bioengineering - Medical Product Engineering information seminar  You are invited to an informational seminar on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Benedum Engineering Hall, room 157 to learn more about the...

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Aug. 08, 2012

August 15 deadline for CMI pilot funding request for proposals

August 15 deadline approaching for Center for Medical Innovation's pilot funding request for proposalsPITTSBURGH (August 8, 2012) … One week remains for pre-proposal submissions in the second round of early stage technology pilot funding from the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI). CMI is seeking...

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Jan. 01, 2011

Dr. John Maier joins CMI as CTSI representative

Dr. John Maier joins CMI as CTSI representative The Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) is proud to announce that John Maier, MD, PhD, has joined as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) representative. Dr. Maier is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Research and...

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Organ Perfusion Stent & BioCarpet Projects Win Wells Competition Award

Young Jae Chun, Bryan W. Tillman, John J. Pacella, Jonathan Vande Geest On behalf of the Center of Medical Innovation, congratulations to the team of Drs. Young Jae Chun (Industrial Engineering), Bryan W. Tillman (Division of Vascular Surgery, UPMC), John J. Pacella (Vascular Medicine Institute,...

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InCube Innovation

Mir Imran, CEO and Founder of InCube Labs, was the keynote speaker for the Wells Student Healthcare Competition held on October 17, 2018. This video is inspirational for anyone who aspires to conceive, develop, and commercialize ground-breaking innovations for the medical product market. Mr. Imran...

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CMI announces Round 1 2020 Pilot Funding

PITTSBURGH (July 1, 2020) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2020 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a...

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