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Impressio and MedShape awarded National Science Foundation grant to develop liquid crystal elastomer

  7/31/2020 - Aurora, CO - Impressio Inc. and MedShape Inc. have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $250,000 to conduct research and development work on a new surgical treatment for hallux rigidus. The goal of this research grant is to create the first arthroplasty device that uses a novel energy-absorbing material, liquid crystal elastomer (LCE), to surgically treat hallux rigidus, a degenerative osteoarthritis of the MTP joint. Approximately 2.5 percent of people over 50 years old, which is roughly 2-3 million people in the U.S., develop hallux rigidus. By exploiting the LCE's inherent dissipative and anisotropic behavior, Impressio and MedShape will collaboratively develop an MTP joint replacement that better replicates the structural and biomechanical function of native cartilage while also reducing wear. The results of this work could also have broader potential use to treat arthritis in other joints in the foot, hand and knee. "NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering," said Andrea Belz, division director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. "With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs." "We believe our innovative material can improve human life from head to toe. Back in 2017, we started by using our energy absorbing material in helmet liners and proved that it works in reducing impact to the head. After receiving this NSF SBIR Phase I award, we will be focusing on MTP joint as our first entry point into the body. Once we develop our MTP joint and successfully prove that our technology works in joint replacements, we will start focusing on knee and spine implants," said Amir Torbati, CSO and co-founder of Impressio. "Being vetted by NSF is a great confirmation of our technology, but our team has been even more impressed with the NSF resources such as the I-Corps program that gave us an opportunity to gain valuable understanding of the medical device space," said Christopher Yakacki, CEO and co-founder of Impressio. Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $256,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $1,000,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales. Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they meet the program's objective to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America's Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process. To learn more about America's Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit: https://seedfund.nsf.gov/.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lubrizol Corporation acquires Avid Product Development - click to expand

Michelin X One Line Energy T2 tire launches for the North American line-haul market - click to expand

Titan International reports second quarter decrease in sales - click to expand

Global automotive rubber molding components market forecast at $57 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Yokohama Tire celebrates tenth year as sponsor of the Los Angeles Angels - click to expand

Brenntag opens full-line distribution center in Ohio - click to expand

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Cooper Tire announces 194th consecutive quarterly dividend - click to expand

Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo postponed until 2021 - click to expand

Continental expands research and development operations in northeast Indiana - click to expand

Right Lane Industries acquires Belt Concepts from Contitech - click to expand

Apollo Tyres reports record June sales for replacement tires in India - click to expand

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

USTMA projects U.S. tire shipments will decrease to 279.4 million units in 2020 - click to expand

Global liquid silicone rubber market to reach $3.5 billion by 2027 - click to expand

Morgan Polymer Seals designs capless refueling seal for General Motors Cadillac CT6 - click to expand

Davis-Standard markets elastomer solutions at RubberTech China - click to expand

Magna Tyres opens Czech Republic office - click to expand

Bridgestone names Charlie Rule president of Latin America operations - click to expand

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sterling Systems & Controls introduces customized system for rubber compounding applications - click to expand

BASF opens distribution center for Colors & Effects brand in Germany - click to expand

Shin-Etsu Chemical develops improved silicone emulsions - click to expand

Global automotive aftermarket forecast at $638 billion by 2027 - click to expand

TBC Corporation donates 200 computers to local schools - click to expand

Cooper Tire reports $6 million loss for second quarter - click to expand

Monday, August 3, 2020

Siempelkamp adds two executives to management team - click to expand

Continental partners with CoxReels to provide hose management solutions - click to expand

Arkema reports second quarter 2020 results - click to expand

Goodyear reports second quarter sales results - click to expand

Electronic adhesives market size projected at $4.9 billion by 2025 - click to expand

ACE Products & Consulting acquires GEOAnalytical - click to expand

Friday, July 31, 2020

Top Glove petitions against U.S. import ban - click to expand

Impressio and MedShape awarded National Science Foundation grant to develop liquid crystal elastomer - click to expand

Orion Engineered Carbons to present at Jefferies Virtual Industrials Conference - click to expand

Dow honored with two awards at 2020 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards - click to expand

Global agricultural tire market projected to reach $15 billion by 2030 - click to expand

Global fluorine silicone rubber market forecast at $232 million by 2027 - click to expand

Market Reports

Global automotive rubber molding components market forecast at $57 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Global Liquid Silicone Rubber Market to Reach $3.5 Billion by 2027 - click to expand

USTMA projects U.S. tire shipments will decrease to 279.4 million units in 2020 - click to expand

Global automotive aftermarket forecast at $638 billion by 2027 - click to expand

International Rubber Studies Group estimates sharp decline in global rubber demand - click to expand

Global agriculture tire market is projected to reach $15 billion by 2030 - click to expand

Global silicone market forecast with a CAGR of 6 percent through 2024 - click to expand

Electronic Adhesives Market size for electronics is projected at $4.9 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global OTR tire market size is projected to reach $26 billion by 2027 - click to expand

Global fluorine silicone rubber market forecast at $232 million by 2027 - click to expand

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