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A team lead by Dr. Mayuresh Kothare and Dr. Shivaji Sircar wins a competitive technology transfer grant from NSF

Dr. Mayuresh V. Kothare and Dr. Sircar recently won a competitive 18 month grant of $200,000  from the National Science Foundation in their Partnership for Innovation (PFI) program.

The project is part of the Accelerating Innovation Research -- Technology Transfer (AIR-TT) element of PFI. The project is entitled "Miniaturization of Medical Oxygen Concentrators for Portable and Home Medical Applications" and will focus on the development of a self-contained compact Medical Oxygen Concentrator (MOC) for use in oxygen rehabilitation therapy for patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases.

The market for MOCs producing high purity oxygen from ambient air is rapidly growing with an estimated global market in 2017 valued at ~$2 billion. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 80 million people worldwide have COPD and nearly 3 million deaths per year can be attributed to COPD. A more compact and light-weight MOC design with substantially higher oxygen recovery and longer battery run-time will provide greater mobility to COPD patients for exercise, improved cardiovascular health and quality of life. Other applications of this technology include its use as a "snap-on" device on compressed air lines with military or civilian hospitals, cruise ships and airlines.

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Dr Sircar (left) and Dr. Kothare (right), co-leaders of a team that won a competitive National Science Foundation grant.

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