Microcontact printer for ophthalmic tissue engineering

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43EY015029-01
Agency Tracking Number: EY015029
Amount: $404,332.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (307) 732-1993
Business Contact
Phone: (307) 732-1994
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project will demonstrate a prototype microcontact printing aligner for use in ophthalmic tissue engineering. The performance of the microcontact printing aligner will be refined and validated by experiments conducted in collaboration with the Stanford Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory. Functioning much like traditional rubber-stamping methods, microcontact printing is widely used to print molecules, such as growth factors or extracellular matrix proteins, in well-defined locations at the nanoscale. This project focuses on microcontact printing applied to a tissue engineering solution for age-related macular degeneration. Using microcontact printing on autologous lens capsule, the Stanford Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory is developing a replacement retinal pigment epithelium for treating age-related macular degeneration. Current microcontact printing techniques depend strongly on the skill and ability of the researcher. A prototype tool will be built to improve the reproducibility of microcontact printing. This will require investigation into and enhancement of the stamping materials and techniques. Additionally, this tool will allow for printing of multiple layers, with alignment between the layers. A tool for aligned microcontact printing is a significant enhancement over the current techniques, and something that is neither commercially available, nor easily developed in most biological research facilities.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government