Synthetic platelet maker receives New Innovator Award
A Case Western Reserve University professor of biomedical engineering has received a $2.3 million New Innovator Award to further develop and broaden the uses of synthetic platelets and the technology that makes them work.
Erin Lavik uses nanotechnology to build platelets of biodegradable polymers, which link with natural platelets to stem bleeding faster.
She and fellow researchers initially pursued the technology after seeing the damage and death tolls among soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The award, presented by the National Institutes of Health, is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career.
"It will provide a wonderful foundation for supporting my students as we pursue this research,” Lavik said.
Lavik’s lab will continue testing and fine-tuning the artificial platelets toward use in people suffering all kinds of traumatic injuries. She also plans to develop new modes of drug delivery based on the system the synthetic platelets use to home in and lock onto clotting natural platelets. "NIH is pleased to be supporting early-stage investigators from across the country who are taking considered risks in a wide range of areas in order to accelerate research," said Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes. “We look forward to the results of their work."
The Institute of Nanotechnology puts significant effort into ensuring that the information provided on its news pages is accurate and up-to-date. However, we cannot guarantee absolute accuracy. Consequently, the Institute of Nanotechnology disclaims any and all responsibility for inaccuracy, omission or any kind of deficiency in relation to the news items and articles hosted herein.
- 14 August 2014“Trojan horse” treatment could beat brain tumours
- 13 August 2014Copper foam turns CO2 into useful chemicals
- 29 July 2014Nanotechnology and tyres: Greening industry and transport
- 22 July 2014Supporting Recommendations for Future Topics in Horizon 2020
- 17 June 20142014 edition of European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium now online
- View All