Tech Researchers have the device in hand, but Raphael Davalos, Tech Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, says it is a long way from the lab to the marketplace and this grant provides a critical boost. “Yes, so you can get money to do fundamental researchbut then that gap to show that you are ready for clinical trials or to get that device built under certain conditions, the state is coming in and filling that gap.”
Tech’s device has been successfully tested on animals with the grant, human trials could be two years away.
Davalos says treating brain tumors is a critical need. State officials say the money from VRIC shows how colleges and universities are incubators for technologies that can save lives and drive the economy.
We have been talking with Raphael Davalos, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, where they have just been awarded a $1.1 million dollar grant from the Virginia Research Investment Committee, to proceed with a medical device that could someday help reduce or eliminate brain tumors.