Yale University Funding / Financing Report
Nanoconductor program receives $6.5 million from the National Eye Institute for nanomedicine research.
The National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors is one of the four centers funded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The center plans to design biobatteries for use in implantable devices such as artificial retinas. The grant is to extend over a period of five years, and involves the production of nanomedical devices, from design to fabrication. The nanomedical devices are based on ion transporters, which move ions through the cell membrane.
David A. LaVan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and member of Yale's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, is one of the particpants in the program. He has received a grant for the development of materials to convert sunlight into electricity from the Keck Foundation. He indicated that implantable devices that mimic natural functions was at hand. Other devices to be built by the center include sensors, power sources, energy transducers and osmotic pumps.
Other participants in the program include the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California at Davis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oxford, UK, Wabash College and Weill Medical College of Cornell University
The center is to be led by Professor Eric G. Jakobsson of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign