Duke Biomedical Engineering Receives Wallace Coulter Translational Partnership Award

November 11, 2005

DURHAM, NC — The Biomedical Department at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is one of only nine departments selected nationally to receive a Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership Award in Biomedical Engineering. This Award will provide $580,000 each year for the next five years.

Through this Award, the Foundation will form a working partnership with the Biomedical Engineering Department to promote, develop, and support translational research through such activities as funding promising research projects, increasing and supporting effective collaborations between biomedical engineers and clinicians in the School of Medicine, increasing awareness of the importance of moving promising technologies to clinical application, and developing and supporting sustainable programs and processes that will increase, enhance, and accelerate this movement. The goal of this partnership is to focus on outcomes which would improve patient care.

A seven member Coulter project management team will be led by BME Professor Barry Myers. This team will assist selected projects with issues related to business planning, licensing and patents. George Truskey, Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the program manager for the grant.