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Texas Health Catalyst supports researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in accelerating the translation of innovations to health products. The following projects, listed in chronological order, have been supported with funding awards.

Devices

  • Intraoperative Assessment of Tumor Margins During Mohs Surgery
  • Wireless, Tattoo-Like Holter Monitor
    • Nanshu Lu, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Ultrafast Endoscopic Laser Cutting Tools for Precise Bone Reshaping and Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Adela Ben-Yakar, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Kaushik Subramanian, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Novel Postpartum Intrauterine Device (IUD) System to Reduce Expulsion and Better Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy
    • Chris Rylander, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Chris Idelson, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Long-Term Stable Single Neuronal Recording With Flexible, Fibrosis-free Electrode Design
    • Chong Xie, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Hai Lin, Ph.D., Ascension Seton
  • Tattoo-like Sensor for Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring
    • Nanshu Lu, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Joshua Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Dell Medical School
    • Pulin Wang, Ph.D., Stretchmed
    • An In-Vivo Laparoscopic Cleaner to Prevent Lens Fogging
  • John Uecker, M.D., Dell Medical School and Ascension
    • Chris Rylander, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Doug Stoakley, ClearCam Inc.
    • Chris Idelson, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • BioBox: A Desktop Surgical Warm Body Simulator and Enhanced Laparoscopic Trainer
    • John Uecker, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Chris Rylander, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Drug-Eluting Surgical Drainage Tubes for Enhancement of Patient Comfort and Reduction in Opioid Usage
    • Daniel Stromberg, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Aaron Baker, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering

Digital Health

  • Complex Clinical Scheduling for Patient-Centered Multidisciplinary Team Clinic Approach to Care Delivery
    • Karl Koenig, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Jonathan Bard, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Douglas Morrice, Ph.D., McCombs School of Business
  • Development of a Personalized Risk-Benefit Calculator to Enhance Shared Decision-Making for Patients With Osteoarthritis
  • Medpather: Real-Time Process Map Generation and Cost-Measurement System
  • Predictive Model and Clinical Decision Support for Medication Non-Adherence
    • Tyler Gums, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
    • Valerie Yuenger, College of Pharmacy
    • Bill Tierney, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Rick Peters, M.D., Dell Medical School
  • Sensor-Controlled Digital Game for Heart Failure Self-Management Behaviors
    • Kavita Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., School of Nursing
    • Christine Julien, D.Sc., Cockrell School of Engineering

Diagnostics & Imaging

  • A Cost-effective Sensor for At-Home Monitoring of Heart Failure
    • Richard Crooks, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Ian Richards, Ph.D., Interactives Executive Excellence, LLC
  • Point-of-Care Nucleic Acid Diagnostic Device for Quick Detection of Pathogens
    • Andrew Ellington, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Sanchita Bhadra, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Low-Cost Smart Intraoperative Imaging System (“MasSpec Pen”) for Laproscopic Endometriosis and Cancer Surgery
    • Thomas Milner, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Livia Eberlin, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Jialing Zhang, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Michael Breen, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Arnold D. Estrada, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Non-Invasive Intraoperative Visualization of Cerebral Blood Flow During Neurosurgery
    • Andrew Dunn, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Paul Toprac, Ph.D., MBA, College of Natural Sciences
    • David Miller, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Ramsey Ashour, M.D., Dell Medical School
  • Quick and Cost-Effective Diagnostic Tool to Measure Blood Loss during Hemorrhage in Low Resource Settings
    • Sina Haeri, M.D., MHSA, Dell Medical School
    • Thomas Milner, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Chiroptical Nano-Device for Rapid Determination of Molecular Chiral Purity to Facilitate Diagnosis and Screening
    • Yuebing Zheng, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Zilong Wu, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Yaoran Liu, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Programmable Graphene Resonant Gas Sensor for Breath Analysis
    • Michael Cullinan, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • David Cayll, Cockrell School of Engineering

Treatments

  • Drug Lead for Novel Mechanistic Approach to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurological Conditions
    • Stephen Martin, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • James Sahn, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Dissolvable Thin Film for Storage, Transport and Delivery of Thermolabile Therapeutics
    • Maria Croyle, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
  • Platform to Develop Antibody Therapeutics by Identifying Disease-Relevant Antibodies From Human Serum
    • Gregory Ippolito, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • A Biologically Inspired Platform for Antibiotic Discovery
    • Bryan Davies, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Ashley Tucker, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Novel Platform of Well-Tolerated, MRI-Detectable Cancer Therapeutics That Target Drug-Sensitive and Drug-Resistant Solid Tumors
    • Jonathan Sessler, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Jonathan Arambula, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Delivery of Neuropharmaceuticals to Bypass Blood/Brain Barrier
    • Bryan Davies, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Colleen Mulvihill, College of Natural Sciences
  • Novel Formulation of Antibiotic for Management of TB & Non-TB Mycobacterial Infections
    • Ashlee Brunaugh, College of Pharmacy
    • Hugh Smyth, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
    • Omar Fuentes, College of Pharmacy
  • Novel Enzyme-Based Cancer Therapeutic to Stimulate Immune Response
    • Everett Stone, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
    • Donjeta Gupta, College of Natural Sciences
  • An Anti-PD1 Formulation With Increased Specificity and Reduced Adverse Effects
    • Zhengrong Cui, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy and Dell Medical School
  • Materials and Methods for 100% Post-Thaw Survival of Cells and Tissue After Frozen Storage
    • Nathaniel Lynd, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Aaron Burkey, Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Natalie Czarnecki, Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Optimized Bioreactor With Integrated Nanopatterned Biofabrics
    • S.V. Sreenivasan, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Raul Lema Galindo, Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Marissa Martinez, Cockrell School of Engineering
    • Mark Hrdy, Cockrell School of Engineering

Other Projects Supported

  • Closedloop.ai: Leveraging AI to Improve Efficiency in the Processing and Interpretation of Data From Health Records, Sensors, Wearables and Other Health Data Streams
    • Andrew Eye, CEO, ClosedLoop.ai
    • Dave DeCaprio, CTO, ClosedLoop.ai
  • Neurolex: Objective Vocal Biomarkers to Diagnose Mental Illness
    • Jim Schwoebel, CEO, NeuroLex Laboratories
    • Reza Ghomi, M.D., NeuroLex Laboratories
  • A New Approach to Preventing Biofilm Infections by Rational Design of the Mechanical Properties of Medical Devices
    • Vernita Gordon, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Novel Approach to Seizure Prediction Using High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs)
    • Ahmed Tewfik, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering
  • Novel Urgent Wellness Care Model to Address Health Disparities
    • Ofelia Zapapta, South East Memorial High School PTA
  • Oxygenated Bandage to Prevent Scarring and Bacterial Infections
    • Eric Frey, CEO, MedNoxa Inc.
    • Evan Skowronski, Ph.D., MedNoxa Inc.
  • Real Time Imaging and Live Brain Animation During Surgery to Map Brain Shift
    • Jeff Levine, CEO, Advanced Scanners
    • Aaron Bernstein, Ph.D., Advanced Scanners
    • Lars Kuslich, Advanced Scanners
  • Revealix: Improving Clinical and Economic Outcomes Associated With Diabetic Ulcers Using a Novel Smartphone-Based Point-Of Care Imaging Solution Enabling Radically Improved Early Detection Capabilities and Real-Time Alerting
    • Adrianna Cantu, CEO, Revealix
    • Drew Shah, MBA, McCombs School of Business
    • Mark Lee, M.D., Dell Medical School
  • Sensor Device to Monitor Vital Signs in Real Time
    • Kurt Stump, CEO, Sempulse
    • Mike Boyle, CSO, Sempulse
    • Sean Bauld, CMO, Sempulse
  • Smartshunt: Technology for Internal Flow Detection and Measurement in Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts
  • vToner: A Tri-Modal Pubococcygeal Muscle Feedback Device for Treating Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Primarily Urinary Incontinence
    • Greg Hoffman, CEO, Anatosol
  • Targeting Glioblastoma Multiforme by Inhibiting Human Small C-Terminal Domain Phosphatases With Personalized Medicine
    • Jessie Zhang, Ph.D., College of Natural Science
    • Brenda Medellin, College of Natural Sciences
  • Alternative Communication for the Suddenly Speechless
    • Marissa Mery, M.D., Dell Medical School
    • Lili Qiu, Ph.D., College of Natural Sciences
  • Novel Safe, Rapid, Sharp Debridement Instrument for the Non-Surgically Trained Clinician and a Novel Extremity Irrigation Basin That Can Decrease Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure to the Patient, Clinicians and Treatment Area
    • Derek Denton, CEO, MDM Wound Ventures
  • High Pressure Relief Cushion: Wheelchair Cushion Designed to Prevent the Incidence of Pressure Ulcers
    • Harikrishan Sachdev, CEO, HiPR Innovation
  • Reimagining Surgical Pathways to Drive Better Patient Recovery
    • Brand Newland, CEO, Goldfinch Health