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A Smart Polymer for Destination Cardiac Assist Devices

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
70993
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HL077031
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ABIOMED, INC.
22 CHERRY HILL DRIVE DANVERS, MA 01923-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: A Smart Polymer for Destination Cardiac Assist Devices
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HL077031-01
Award Amount: $99,837.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Cardiac assist devices are increasingly being used for long term support. As patient survival times increase substantially, device wear-out will increasingly play a role in the clinical management of patients with long term devices. Most of the extended use devices utilize flexing polymer membranes. Whereas, long term polymer abrasion may be a primary failure mode for these devices, the detection of polymer wear would be valuable information in the clinical management of patients. The ultimate objective of the research proposed here is to develop a smart polymer, which has embedded wear indicators. As the polymer is gradually abraded, a sensor onboard the device will detect different levels of wear, and a status of the device wear-out will be transmitted to the clinical management team. Detailed studies in Phase I will evaluate a smart polymer designed to indicate both a moderate and severe level of wear. The need for wear-out indicators, such as that developed here, will become increasing important as the number of patients with long term cardiac assist devices increases, and detailed device monitoring and management becomes logistically more difficult. Consequently, the incorporation of device wear-out, and other mission critical sensors should become prevalent in future generations of all long term cardiac assist devices.

Principal Investigator:

Robert W. Fasciano
9787775410
rfasciano@abiomed.com

Business Contact:

Robert Kung
9787775410
RKUNG@ABIOMED.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ABIOMED, INC.
22 CHERRY HILL DRIVE DANVERS, MA 01923

EIN/Tax ID: 042743260
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No