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An associate professor of biomedical engineering has received a $2.3 million New Innovator Award to further develop and broaden the uses of synthetic platelets and the technology that makes them work.
Erin Lavik uses nanotechnology to build platelets of biodegradable polymers, which link with natural platelets to stem bleeding faster.
She and fellow researchers initially pursued the technology after seeing the damage and death tolls among soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A prolific researcher in optical materials and nanoscale assembly is the first faculty member appointed under a new strategic hiring initiative at the Case School of Engineering.
Roger French, a longtime scientist at DuPont, chose to leave industry for Case Western Reserve because of the rich opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration he sees on the campus.
“This is an opportunity to accomplish things that are bigger than just what I can accomplish myself,” French said.