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Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering

Collaborations

IBIOE investigators collaborate with multiple foundations, institutes, industries, and centers on various research initiatives and projects. Partnerships provide ongoing working relationships that accelerate the translation of advanced biomaterials to the clinic. IBIOE connections include:

Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership 
The mission of the Clemson University Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is to support educational, research and outreach programs that promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development of the region, state and nation. IBIOE researchers, in collaboration with the students and faculty members of the Spiro Institute, are actively involved in intellectual property process, including the development of spinoff companies and forecasting of new business opportunities
visit the Spiro Center

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO) Foundation
The mission of the AO Foundation is to support basic scientific, pre-clinical and clinical research in all areas of trauma, surgery of the musculoskeletal system and related problems. The Foundation provides predominantly seed money to individual researchers and research groups, finances pilot studies, and supports investigation of new and unconventional ideas or hypotheses. The AO Foundation has provided $183,800 in grant funding to IBIOE for research in scaffolding platform technology to support osteogenesis in large bone defects.
visit the AO Foundation webpage

Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women granted IBIOE $150,000 to support research aimed at improving reconstructive breast surgery using engineered tissue that contains anti-cancer properties. The grant supports the development and assessment of a novel injectable, cell-based biomaterial that will be designed to reduce tumor recurrence or metastases. This is the first project awarded to Clemson University by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the first Avon Foundation award ever to support research at the intersection of biology and engineering.
visit the Avon Foundation webpage

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant to IBIOE deputy director Guigen Zhang. Awarded through a program to support innovative global health research, the grant will help fund Zhang's IBIOE work to create low-cost diagnostic tools for doctors in developing countries. Zhang’s IBIOE research is designed to develop highly sensitive, specific and direct-molecule-interfacing biosensors that are inexpensive to build, simple to use and rugged to deploy. Zhang’s leverages "nanostructures" — tiny objects roughly on the scale of atoms and molecules — to help doctors diagnose disease. The grant is part of the Gates Foundation's fourth funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help scientists around the world explore new and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries. From almost 2,700 proposals, just 78 grants were provided to scientists in 18 countries on six continents.
visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation webpage

Clemson University Computing and Information Technology (CCIT)
Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) is the primary supplier of computing and information technology services to Clemson University. CCIT also maintains an outreach program that supports the computing activities of various state and federal agencies, educational institutions and private companies. CCIT research staff are collaborating with IBIOE researchers to develop new, immersive research environments.
visit CCIT

Medical University of South Carolina
Center for Functional Outcomes and Reconstructive Biotechnology
The Center for Functional Outcomes and Reconstructive Biotechnology is a clinical research center devoted to returning function and quality of life to patients who have lost oral/facial structures. The Center bridges basic scientists with clinical scientists to develop innovative technologies in the treatment of head and neck cancers and other deformities. MUSC clinicians are working with IBIOE faculty to develop hard and soft tissue cell based reconstructive therapies.
more about the Center

Synthes
Synthes is a global medical device company, specializing in the instruments, implants and biomaterials for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of the human skeleton and its soft tissues. Synthes is sponsoring IBIOE biomaterials research in the area of trauma management and reconstruction.
visit Synthes

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Department of Statistics and Operations Research
The Department of Statistics and Operations Research specializes in inference, decision-making, and data analysis involving complex models and systems exhibiting both deterministic and random behavior. UNC researchers are working with IBIOE faculty in the development and analysis of quantitative and computational tools to enable biomodeling and evaluation of cell based systems.
visit UNC Dept. of Statistics and OR

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-C)
Department of Biology
The Department of Biology strives to achieve a balance among theory and the actual practice of biology as demonstrated in the laboratory and field, as well as in special courses such as investigations and most importantly, in research. UNC-C researchers are working with IBIOE faculty to develop new 3-D tissue systems for development biology studies, including mechanisms of cancer metastasis, vascular and immune interactions during cancer growth.
visit UNC-C Dept. of Biology

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