Learn about the recent Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership activities at Columbia. 
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Dear Colleagues,
As you may know, in 2011, Columbia was awarded one of six Wallace H. Coulter Translational Partnership Awards in Biomedical Engineering. Led by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, along with Columbia Technology Ventures, and the Departments of SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery and Radiology, the Partnership provides $5 million of funding, along with commercialization support, to accelerate the development of biomedical innovations co- developed by engineers at Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science and clinicians from Columbia University Medical Center.  

In its first year, six projects were selected, including a portable diagnostic device for rapid MRSA testing, a non-invasive neurotherapeutic drug delivery system, a tendon underlay device to improve rotator cuff repair outcomes, a system to guide access to and placement of hard-to-reach cardiac anatomy, a bioelectronic platform for real-time detection of infectious agents, and software enabling volumetric segmentation of tumors for monitoring response to therapy. Earlier this week, the Partnership hosted a Pitch Day event to select its next round of investments (awardees to be announced later this month).


Following the Pitch Day, members of the Columbia biomedical engineering community came together with the Coulter team to celebrate what would have been the 100th Birthday of Wallace H. Coulter. Personally, I found it truly inspiring to hear the story of a prolific inventor and extraordinarily successful entrepreneur whose accomplishments embodied the mission of “science serving humanity”.  At the birthday luncheon, past Coulter awardees Sam Sia, Helen Lu, and Andreas Hielscher reflected on their personal journeys as engineers and scientists working at the forefront of biomedical innovation, and how their Coulter experiences have helped shape and support their research and commitment to improving human health. Also, BME students Matthew Bouchard (PhD candidate), Garrett Ruggieri (BME senior) and Annabelle Anandappa (BME junior) were each recognized with a “Coulter Spirit” award, for exemplifying the spirit of Wallace H. Coulter, whose primary passion in life was to help others, both through his hard work and his personal spirit of generosity.

We are looking forward to continuing to expand translational research at Columbia and are excited for the future of the projects coming out of this interdisciplinary effort (look out for the next Call for Proposals, to be released in the Fall)! 

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

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Date: Friday, June 21, 2013 
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