Professor Harris and PhD Student Receive Project Funding From GAP-360
University Distinguished Professor and William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor Vincent Harris and his PhD Student, Parisa Andalib, will head a recently funded project by GAP-360. This project will receive 50k as part of the first phase.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an important medical tool for early diagnosis of disease. However, the efficacy for detection has recently been significantly compromised because the use of Gadolinium-based contrast agents has been significantly restricted. These contrast agents have exhibited extreme toxicity for many patients.
The NEU research Team has proposed a direct replacement solution, in the form of uniquely engineered nontoxic superparamagnetic nanoparticles as contrast agents. This innovation has recently been chosen as a GAP-360 Award winner for 2019. Funds from the award will be used to help spin out a new woman-owned small business. The business mentor for the spin-out, and co-inventor of the technology, John Scudiere, was a key player in the development of early MRI technologies.