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Prism and Medical College of Wisconsin investigators receive $1.6 million NIH grant to develop advanced medical imaging tools
Date:11/16/2009

hology, especially cancer. The NIH grant will fund advanced development of this imaging technology in a program designed to promote commercial application of promising healthcare technologies. Prism is participating in the program in the effort to further develop its imaging technology and move it from research institutions like Froedtert and the Medical College into hospitals and clinics worldwide. Moving the technology into wider application at mainstream hospitals and clinics across the country will give a greater number of patients access to a technology that could significantly improve the outcomes of their cancer treatment.

"This type of technology is revolutionizing the treatment of brain cancer patients," said John Ulmer, M.D., associate professor of radiology. "Since it was developed here at the Medical College and Froedtert, we have surgeons and radiologists with extensive experience using this technology. Clinical data accumulated over the past three years shows that patients undergoing brain tumor surgery at Froedtert have a significantly better chance of avoiding neurological side effects than the national average." Ulmer is also a co-founder of Prism.

The grant was funded through the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program at the NIH. The STTR program is intended to stimulate partnerships between innovative small business concerns and non-profit research institutions through federally funded research and development. "This NIH program is crucial for translating new technologies from laboratory curiosities into practical products that can be used routinely by doctors. It also is a real shot in the arm for small high-tech companies, especially in the current economic environment," said Dr. DeYoe.

"Development of advanced medical imaging technology is a high-tech specialty for academic and industrial groups in southeastern Wisconsin," said Paul Schmelzer, Prism chief executive officer. "This area has become
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Contact: Toranj Marphetia
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414-955-4700
Medical College of Wisconsin
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