SBIR Phase I: Shape Memory Polymer Based Orthopedic Fixation Devices

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0635620
Agency Tracking Number: 0635620
Amount: $99,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
MedShape Solutions, Inc.
1575 Northside Drive, Suite 440, Atlanta, GA, 30318
DUNS: 601306413
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Tyber
 MS
 (303) 717-5060
 jeff@medshapesolutions.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Tyber
Title: MS
Phone: (303) 717-5060
Email: jeff@medshapesolutions.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will focus on the application of shape memory polymers to the development of orthopaedic fixation devices, primarily for ACL reconstruction. Shape memory polymers are capable of storing a temporary deformed shape for an extended period of time, and then recovering their original permanent shape upon exposure to external stimuli, such as temperature or magnetic field. In this project, the team will attempt to design and manufacture several key prototype shape memory polymer orthopoedic devices that will be tested using rigorous in vitro testing methods. The proposed shape memory polymer approach provides a vehicle for for more reliable, minimally invasive fixation. In addition to orthopedic fixation devices, this new class of shape memory polymers may also have significant potential in cardiovascular stents and smart sutures.

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