Medical Devices Lab: Biotransport, Pulmonary & Cardiovascular Mission Statement:
- To be the University of Pittsburgh’s key
knowledge center for the design and development of pulmonary
and cardiovascular medical devices whose therapeutic function
and performance ties directly to fluid flow and mass transport principles.
- To be the forerunners
in the development of alternative and novel respiratory support
devices that can be implemented directly by the pulmonary intensivist
in treating patients with acute and acute-on-chronic lung failure.
- To be a leading academic
laboratory advancing the development of medical devices
that use fiber membrane or particle based adsorption technologies to
selectively remove or modulate specific solutes from circulating blood
associated with immune, inflammatory, and other pathogenic reactions
- To continually improve the medical devices we develop
by using engineering modeling and computer simulation,
along with experimental transport analyses and flow visualization,
and to evolve our designs towards increased performance
and more compact units directed to facilitate the needs of the clinical
- To actively seek new strategic academic and industrial
collaborations and partners that build on our existing
strengths and that add complementary expertise to develop new or improved
medical devices that can substantially impact the treatment of patients.
- To perform technology development and intellectual
property management in a manner that facilitates the translation of
our laboratory research into formal product development and clinical
trials conducted by or in collaboration with strategic commercial partners.