OCTRI Pilot Project Awards 2013

Each year, OCTRI awards pilot project funding to exceptional clinical and translational research projects and joins with strategic partners to leverage these resources across OHSU.  

Biomedical Innovation Awardees

OCTRI funded five projects designed to identify and foster creative bioengineering solutions for important health care problems. Well-developed ideas and visions of the end products, as well as collaboration between clinician scientists and bioengineering led to these innovative solutions. Collaboration allows the identification of a significant clinical problem, an innovative idea for a device to address the problem, bioengineering approaches for device development, and early clinical validations of device effectiveness.

Major funding for the Biomedical Innovation Program comes from OCTRI, with supplemental support from the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) and in collaboration with OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development.

Summer Gibbs
"Nerve-Specific Fluorophores to Guide Nerve-Sparing Prostatectomy"

Michael Hutchens
"Electronic Device to Prevent Central Line Infections"

Dennis Koop, Andrew Chitty, Amira Al-Uzri
"Designing a Convenient and Precise Device for Home Dried Blood Spot Collection"

Theresa Koppie
"Development of a Urine Based Bladder Cancer Recurrence Diagnostic Using a Genomic Disease Signature"

Neil Roundy
"Bio-Absorbable Clip for Watertight Closure of Human Tissues"

In 2013, OCTRI funded four projects designed to enhance translational research at OHSU. These novel, collaborative, multidisciplinary studies will lead to further research and funding in translational research. The funding was made available through institutional support of OCTRI from the School of Medicine and the Office of the VP Research.

David Huang
"Functional Optical Coherence Tomography Resource Center"

Scott Landfear
"Endochin-like Quinolones (ELQs) as Broad Spectrum Anit-Parasitic Drugs"

Owen McCarty
"Development of Contact Pathway Inhibitors for the Treatment of Thrombotic Diseases"

Kevin Winthrop
"The Oregon Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Cohort; Immune Correlates of Pulmonary NTM Disease Progression"