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Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center

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I/UCRC: Minimally Invasive Medical Technology Center (MIMTeC)  (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)

Minimally Invasive Medical Technology Center (MIMTeC)  (University of Cincinnati Main Campus)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center bridges the gap between basic science-based medical research conducted primarily by universities and applied, product development-based research conducted primarily by companies.

The center develops technologies, design tools, and methodologies for advanced minimally invasive medical devices that will benefit the center's members and society.  In recognition of the competitive nature of the medical device industry, the technical focus is on research whose outcomes can be amicably shared by competitors--primarily enabling technologies that will be used by industry members to fuel their future product pipelines for minimally invasive and non-invasive products/devices. The center's researchers generate experimental methods for generating products critical in vivo biomechanical, biothermal, and bioelectric data, as well as new advanced computational methods and analytical tools and methodologies for designing minimally invasive devices. These technologies form the underpinnings of major advancements in minimally invasive and non-invasive medical interventions.

The NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) feature industrially relevant fundamental research, industrial support and direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets. With industrial and other support totaling 10 to 15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example for how to cost-effectively synergize research and development.


Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support graduate students performing industrially relevant and interdisciplinary research.  The Minimally Invasive Medical Technologies Center is working to enlarge the cadre of scientists and engineers that will advance the industry in the future. The center's academic members are addressing inadequacies in graduate-level engineering programs in order to better prepare future bioengineers capable of conducting industry-relevant research in minimally invasive technologies. The University of Minnesota conducts a unique graduate-level course, New Product Design and Business Deveopment, that brings together engineers, business majors, and companies; more than half of the research projects are in medical devices. At the University of Cincinnati, a unique program in Medical Device Innovation and entrepreneurship partners physician innovators with senior undergraduate students to work on research projects in the upstream conceptual stage of new device innovations.

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University of Cincinnati
Boston Scientific
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