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Press Release 95-54

Lori J. Rachul
NASA Lewis Research Center

Holli Birrer
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation


CLEVELAND, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation today signed a Space Act Agreement, establishing a three-year relationship for cooperative research. This is the first such agreement between NASA and an academic medical center which provides an opportunity for long-term collaboration.

Under the agreement, NASA Lewis and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Department of Biomedical Engineering will engage in mutually beneficial research activities to develop products and technologies, and solve technological problems related to orthopaedic and cardiovascular devices, medical imaging and microelectrical mechanical systems.

"This agreement brings together two of the leading scientific and technological institutions in Cleveland," said NASA Lewis Director Donald Campbell. "NASA Lewis has been and continues to be a major contributor to the Cleveland economy. Indirectly through jobs and salaries, but more directly in sharing our technological wealth and expertise that exists at the Center. This is a multiplying factor of taxpayer dollars that benefit the public through new products and services."

NASA Lewis and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation currently are collaborating to develop an artificial heart pump; a technique that places a microtexture on the surface of titanium biomedical implants; and computer assisted minimally invasive surgery, in cooperation with the Ohio Aerospace Institute and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The Cleveland Clinic's Department of Biomedical Engineering also recently was awarded a three-year grant to study the effects of microgravity on bone strength.

"This agreement forms the basis for greatly expanded technical cooperation between NASA Lewis and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The goal of this joint venture is the development of innovative medical products, devices and methods to better diagnose and treat the sick," said J. Fredrick Cornhill, D. Phil., Chairman of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, NASA Lewis Director Donald Campbell, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Chairman of the Board of Governors, Floyd Loop, M.D., and Chairman of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Department of Biomedical Engineering,
J. Fredrick Cornhill, D. Phil., participated in the signing ceremony. A number of local, state and federal government officials were also in attendance.

Since its inception in 1958, NASA has been a prime source of much of the Nation's new technology. NASA Lewis Research Center is committed to expanding its technology transfer and commercialization efforts for the benefit of the American people and for the Nation's economy. NASA Lewis Research Center currently is engaged in over 500 cooperative efforts with industry, universities and other agencies.

Celebrating 75 years of world-class care, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation continues to advance the frontiers of medicine by providing state-of-the-art care in a multispecialty academic medical center model. Since the Cleveland Clinic's founding in 1921, clinical and hospital care have been integrated with research and education in a private, non-profit group practice, which has distinguished the Cleveland Clinic in American medicine.

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