In order to complete our mission of bridging the gap, MEDIC cultivates biomedical assets through our student intern project teams. Below is information about our current projects.
MEDIC was created to serve the needs of the clinician who has the great idea or concept, but lacks the time, funding or know-how to translate that into a commercial product. We have been fortunate to have found great clinicians from across North Carolina who are working with our student teams right now to develop real medical products.
Industry and University Collaborations
Industry projects are supported by the sponsoring corporate partner and University Collaborations are designed to help refine intellectual property held by the tech transfer groups. These projects are generated from relationships between the MEDIC leadership and leading medical device, diagnostic and therapeutics companies.
MEDIC has partnered with the Regenerative Medicine department of United Therapeutics. We have put together a team of six interns from NC State, UNC, and Duke to aid the company on engineering challenges related to their regenerative medicine initiatives. The team is working to solve three different challenges in conjunction with Jeffrey Soohoo, Staff Engineer at United Therapeutics.
Community projects are supported and funded 100% by MEDIC. These projects are generated from clinicians (doctors, nurses, PAs, therapists, technicians), past engineering senior design teams, and patient advocates.
Often when infants are born, their liver isn’t fully developed and as a result a chemical known as bilirubin builds up in the blood. If left untreated this build up can cause neurological disorders. We partnered with a local senior design team to develop and deliver low cost devices that allow this disease to be treated in low income countries.
Arthrogryposis multicomplex congenita (AMC) is a rare disorder characterized by contractures (permanently bent or extended) affecting various joints throughout the body. These inflexible joints limit mobility and therefore inhibit the early childhood development of physical and cognitive strength through play. The goal of this project is to design and build an assistive device for children with AMC which enables major movements of the arms, allowing for uninhibited playtime and promoting physical and cognitive development.
NeoSim is creating a neonatal chest tube surgical procedure simulator where the simulation is accurate in portraying the pliability of a neonate baby’s rib cage. Some of the specifications we are aiming to achieve are: replacing the skin area so multiple people can perform the operation on the same simulator; allowing the simulator to change size to represent neonatal babies between twenty and thirty weeks of age; will ‘breathe’ and change heart rate to more accurately recreate the situation being simulated; and to reduce the cost of the simulator. Real CT scan data will be used to recreate a 3D model of a neonatal baby’s chest area for accuracy of the simulator, which will then be used as the model to be printed using 3D printers.