Atrium Health plans $1.5B innovation district | New tech for burn patients | Removing CO2
- CHARLOTTE, NC—Atrium Health is planning a $1.5 billion innovation district near future Wake Forest medical school in Charlotte. At least 11,500 new jobs, including potentially 3,450 to 4,600 that won’t require a four-year college degree, are projected to be created over 15 years within the planned Innovation District and future medical school campus.
- PITTSBURGH, PA—ALung Technologies, a provider of carbon dioxide removal technologies for treating patients with acute respiratory failure, has gotten FDA clearance for its Hemolung Respiratory Assist System. The Hemolung will be an important new treatment modality for acute respiratory failure to avoid or mitigate the harms from invasive mechanical ventilation.
- CINCINNATI, OH—UC Health is using a new technology for burn patients. The tech, called RECELL, is sprayed on the skin, reducing the number of skin grafts that have to be performed. Chad McGarvie, program director at the UC Burn Unit, sees it as a game changer, because it can decrease the amount of dressing changes post-operative recovery times.
- MILWAUKEE, WI—Biotech startup Geno.Me has closed on $400,000 in seed funding from Gateway Capital. The company links genomic and electronic health record data in an open marketplace, which allows medical researchers to accelerate the advancement of medicine. Currently based in Madison, Geno.me will move its operations to Milwaukee.
- ST. LOUIS-MO—Globally, more than 16 million children under age 5 suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a condition that, among other things, can cause a cognitive deficit. A clinical trial conducted in Africa, led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has determined that adding the omega-3 fatty acid DHA to nutrient-rich food can improve the cognitive health of children with severe acute malnutrition.