December 3, 2010
Syracuse, NY — Patrick Mather is trying to build a dissolvable stent for heart patients. Julie Hasenwinkel is working on a better cement to help heal spinal fractures.
Research by the two Syracuse University biomedical and chemical engineering professors has recently gotten a boost with the school’s new Syracuse Biomaterials Institute in Bowne Hall. The institute, which Mather said cost more than $10 million to build and equip, opened in October and was dedicated officially Friday.
The state-of-the-art labs pull together faculty and research from several departments around the college, including engineering, chemistry and biology. The lab will also be used by faculty from Upstate Medical University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
The institute will help researchers collaborate on new technologies that could help patients in the future, Mather said, especially in the area of orthopedic and cardiovascular surgery. “We want to put knowledge out there,” said Mather, the director of the institute. “The real win is when it’s something that a surgeon can use as a tool in their tool box.”
The consolidation of functions in one area means that researchers can test biomedical products faster and more efficiently, Mather said. Stents, for example, have to be tested on how sensitive they are to heat and how the body’s cells will react to them. The new laboratories have machines that will test those and other qualities.
Hasenwinkel said the institute will help the university in “translational research,” the process of turning lab findings into real-world biomedical products.
Article by Glenn Coin – The Post-Standard