By: Francesca M. Schiavone, Esq.
Five emerging medical research groups in Pittsburgh have been granted a total of $200,000 in funding, in an effort to transition their ideas into the next stages of development, according to NEXTpittsburgh in their February 12, 2018 article. The funds have been granted under the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation’s (“CMI”) Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. CMI is a center within Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering; its Pilot Funding Program, which has been in place for six years, annually provides $200,000 in grants to Pittsburgh researchers. The Pilot Funding Program is geared towards early-stage innovation and aligns with CMI’s mission of creating new ways to solve existing medical issues, ultimately resulting in the betterment of patient care. This round’s diverse group of awardees range from solutions to improve elderly’s patients hearing during check-ups to replacement material for root canal filler, which promotes tooth regeneration.