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Pulmonary Assist Device for Destination Therapy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43HL134450-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43HL134450
Amount: $224,341.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NHLBI
Solicitation Number: PA16-302
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-30
Small Business Information
206 LYNHURST DR, Pittsburgh, PA, 15237-1267
DUNS: 079787754
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Research Institution
Abstract The purpose of this proposal is to develop a highly biocompatible pulmonary assist device PAD to support patients with chronic lung disease for months to years Over million patients suffer from chronic lung disease in the US These patients suffer from a gradual decline in respiratory function coupled with acute exacerbations that lead to a transient but dangerous worsening of their disease state In the US this results in over hospital discharges per year and approximately deaths Less than of these patients will undergo lung transplantation where year survival is under For the remaining transplant ineligible patients there is no means of destination therapy The PAD is a compact highly biocompatible gas exchanger for venovenous or venoarterial respiratory support lasting months to years The PAD is coupled with a small ventricular assist device quality pump to allow for compact mobile respiratory support Our initial clinical goal is to use the PAD to move chronic lung disease patients from the ICU to the floor in an ambulatory bridge to transplant setting After accomplishing this preliminary goal the PAD system would transition toward destination therapy lasting years During this time the patient would be discharged home with planned monitoring and return to the hospital every months for scheduled PAD replacement Accordingly the PAD must be designed with far greater biocompatibility than current oxygenators Previous artificial lung designs from our lab have demonstrated minimal clot formation and no increase in resistance over two weeks of testing despite using no anticoagulant coatings by using an innovative gas exchange fiber bundle that slows clot formation and eliminates shear damage and activation of blood The PAD will utilize a similar design while further improving biocompatibility by i shrinking the device surface area and ii utilizing a unique housing design that eliminates stagnant or recirculating flows Lastly the PAD is designed to operate with modules This allows for partial support during device replacement and allows for adjustment of support level based on the patient s physiologic needs With appropriate coating technology a single device should function normally for months This proposal will focus on prototyping and in vitro testing The Phase I Specific Aims are to determine PAD gas exchange and blood flow resistance quantify the blood damage of the PAD and compare to the Quadrox oxygenator and quantify the presence of blood flow stagnation in the PAD and compare it to the Quadrox The success criteria are that a the PAD must i convert L min of venous blood to andgt oxyhemoglobin saturation and transfer andgt ml min of CO with a single module ii have a blood flow resistance andlt mmHg L min at L min of blood flow to a single module iii have lower or equal hemolysis and platelet consumption than the Quadrox when testing at L min of blood flow with PAD modules in parallel and iv possess equal or superior dye washout than the Quadrox Together these results will position the PAD for success during long term Phase II testing Project Narrative The purpose of this proposal is to develop a highly biocompatible pulmonary assist device PAD to support patients with chronic lung disease for months to years

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