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Surgical micropuncture device for new blood vessel formation

Company: PSU College of Medicine 2

Primary: BME
Secondary: ME

Non-Disclosure Agreement: NO

Intellectual Property: NO

Formation of new blood vessels is critical for successful tissue engineering, transplant surgery, and treatment of limb and tissue ischemia. Recently it has been shown that micropuncture of existing vessels, i.e. formation of a series of micro-holes, can lead to sprouting angiogenesis and rapid formation of new blood vessels. Although vessel micropuncture is still being studied in the lab, it has the potential to improve treatment and health of many patients. This project aims to develop a surgical device that can be used for efficient, precise, and safe micropuncture of vessels.



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