Investing in Medical Innovations

Clemson University and Prisma Health  researchers have received funding to collaborate on developing new medical treatments and diagnostic technologies. Several Clemson-Prisma Health collaborations have received funding from the Innovation Maturation Fund with funds ranging from $20,000 to $35,000. 

The Maturation Fund is a joint effort between the Health Sciences Center at Prisma Health and Clemson University’s Division of Research, to provide healthcare focused grants. The goal for the funds managed by the Clemson University Research Foundation is to increase applied research collaborations between Clemson faculty, graduate students, and Prisma Health clinicians to use the funds to promote medical technology innovations that are attractive for commercialization.

The awards were granted to:

  • Brian Booth Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and Jeffery Edenfield, Medical Director at the Prisma Health Institute for Translational Oncology Research, to further develop a collagen-type medical implant that could aid in breast tissue regeneration post-lumpectomy and prevent the recurrence of tumors
  •  Goutam Koley Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Steve Snodgrass, Pediatric Pulmonologist to develop a mobile sensor system to monitor environmental triggers for respiratory health issues prevalent in patients with respiratory illnesses. The monitoring system will use a battery powered miniaturized sensor system with cellular data connectivity that can be carried to continuously monitor specific environmental parameters for an individual
  • Robert Latour, Professor in the Department of Engineering and Sudha Garimella, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Research and Medical Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension at Prisma Health-Upstate to develop ammonia to test the breath using sensors to be used by patients with CKD to measure the ammonia concentration in their exhaled breath. This technology would enable patients with CKD to monitor their physiologic status within the comfort of their own homes


Clemson University Research Foundation (CURE) will be accepting applications for the FY 2020 Technology Maturation Fund this spring. The release of the RFP and proposal deadlines are to be announced.

For additional information on CURF, go to or contact the CURF office at

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