SBIR Phase I: Chlorhexidine Releasing Superhydrophobic Coatings

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740703
Agency Tracking Number: 0740703
Amount: $99,939.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
1000 Westgate Drive, Saint Paul, MN, 55114
DUNS: 148070860
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kristin Taton
 (651) 209-9757
Business Contact
 Kristin Taton
Title: PhD
Phone: (651) 209-9757
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project aims to develop super hydrophobic coatings for endotracheal tubes that can deliver antimicrobial drugs as well. The coatings and the process to coat the surfaces are proprietary, but the technology, if successful, may provide a method for minimizing infections that are associated with long term placement of the tubes. Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is a significant problem in mechnically ventilated patients. Development of antimicrobial surfaces for the ventilation tube is likely to have a significant beneficial effect in this area by reducing the incidence of VAP and the morbidity and mortality associated with such infections. Moreover, the technology is likely to have applications in other circumstances and once developed, such surfaces could be used to give other material such as venous cannulae that are placed into hospitalized patients for extended periods antibacterial properties.

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