Four University of Michigan medical innovations win funding

Four biomedical research projects at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Office of Research have won $3.3 million in funding from the Frankel Innovation Initiative. The faculty-led projects include a device to filter blood and treat sepsis in children, a system to keep donor organs alive outside the body, a prosthetic hand that interprets signals from the brain, and a device to predict preterm birth.

The Frankel Innovation Initiative is a $20 million endowment from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation to support research into life-saving therapies at U-M’s medical school. The gift will fund four to seven projects annually at the school, which is the top public university in the US. in research spending.