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SCRA-led team awarded grant to increase commercialization of medical devices

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An SCRA-led team was recently awarded a federal grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Competition. An award of approximately $750,000, the grant will fund the creation of the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance (MDA). As a collaborative effort between the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and industry leaders, the Medical Device Alliance will be used to grow the economic impact of the medical device industry through promoting the development of products, supporting the formation of startups, and increasing the commercialization of medical devices.

“The South Carolina Medical Device Alliance brings together a wide variety of life science expertise throughout the state to support commercialization of innovative, early-stage medical technologies coming out of our research institutions,” said Chris Gesswein, Executive Director of the Clemson University Research Foundation. “This program will embed industry knowledge and expertise early in the development phase to ensure that the medical device technologies it supports address validated market needs, which is critical to successful commercialization.”

In an effort to grow the economic impact of the medical sector, the MDA will advance medical technologies to the market by designing solutions, determining initial feasibility, de-risking innovations with multidisciplinary teams, and launching startups that have been evaluated by industry experts.                      

To learn more about the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance, click here

Recovr, Inc. receives SC Launch, Inc. investment from SCRA

 Recovr, Inc., a Clemson-based company, has worked to provide alternative therapy options for post-stroke survivors who suffer from arm-impairment. In 2013, Recovr was founded by Clemson researchers who licensed their initial stroke research done at Clemson and MUSC through the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF). Led by Austen Hayes, a member of the original development team, as the CEO, their current product, the Recovr Rehabilitation System (RRS), has now expanded to support therapy of a wide range of physical and neurological conditions while also capturing and automatically documenting a patient’s progress and compliance with their rehabilitation program. 

Recently, Recovr has received an investment from SC Launch, Inc. of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). Totaling $200,000, the investment will allow Recovr to expand their sales and fund further development of Recovr’s Telerehabilitation Platform that will enable providers to enhance outcomes and decrease costs with home-based rehabilitation. 

For more information on Recovr and the SC Launch investment, click here.

Apparao Rao: Inventor Spotlight

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Dr. Apparao Rao is the R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics at Clemson University. A long-time inventor and innovator, Rao received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Kentucky in 1989 prior to serving as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT. His first work as a professor was at the University of Kentucky before he joined Clemson in 2000. During his time at Clemson, Rao has founded and continues to direct the Clemson Nanomaterials Institute (CNI) and serves as the Associate Dean for Discovery for the College of Science. Being a Fellow of the American Physical Society, AAAS, and more recently the National Academy of Inventors, Rao has been awarded with multiple honors.

Rao’s laboratory has explored many different aspects of nanomaterials. At the fundamental level, his team has innovated novel synthesis methods and spectroscopic characterization methods for nanomaterials. Some of the recent applications include triboelectric nanogenerators and electrochemical energy storage devices. These technologies can lead to a greener, more affordable, and sustainable future across the globe. 

Over the past seventeen years, Dr. Rao has served Clemson well. His research and inventions have earned him accolades, while his time directing the CNI has anchored him as a prestigious faculty member and mentor to many future researchers. 

To learn more about Dr. Rao and his research, click here