Coulter Foundation Funds Emory and Georgia Tech Biomedical Research

Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda, faculty member in Neuroscience, was featured in the Emory News Center about the Coulter Foundation's funding of Emory and Georgia Tech biomedical research projects, in which nine projects were chosen to receive funding from the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program. The $1.6 million in seed funding is intended to accelerate promising technologies developed in research laboratories with the goal of improving patients' lives. This year's projects include a rehabilitation device for children, a heart drug delivery catheter and a disposable kit that checks for anemia.

The Coulter program, which partners with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, provides annual awards to research teams that develop products with great commercial potential and meet a well-defined health care need. Each research team pairs scientists or engineers with physicians. This year's amount also includes $100,000 contributed by the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, an Emory-led Atlanta research partnership.

In 2001, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation made a $25 million grant to the Georgia Tech-Emory biomedical engineering program. In recognition of this grant, the combined department is known as the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. The department combines Georgia Tech's College of Engineering with Emory's School of Medicine. The grant also contains a $10 million endowment to provide ongoing funding specifically for translational research.

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