Four medical-technology research teams, including two based in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, at Case Western Reserve University will participate in focused entrepreneurial training through I-Corps@Ohio, an Ohio Department of Higher Education initiative created to advance their work from the lab to the commercial market. Each selected project has potential for a product or services for medical treatments or surgeries.
Universities, colleges and community colleges in Ohio are eligible to participate in I-Corps@Ohio, which provides $15,000 to each selected research team in the seven-week training program. The curriculum helps the teams better understand the market for their technology, develop a commercialization strategy and attain new skills for ongoing research and development.
Projects led by Andrew Rollins, professor of biomedical engineering, and Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering, were selected for the program.
Rollins and his research team have developed a new method, based on optical coherence tomography, to detect and map corneal mechanical properties that requires no contact or disturbance of the cornea. And Durand and his team are advancing a non-invasive device that prevents the blockage of the patient’s airway—or oropharynx—that causes obstructive sleep apnea.
(From The Daily 4/20/2018)