MIT Postdoc Wins Gold at Inventors Competition for Rapid Medicine Delivery System to GI Tract

MIT Postdoc Wins Gold at Inventors Competition for Rapid Medicine Delivery System to GI Tract
Carl Schoellhammer, a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the 2016 Graduate Gold Medal for his SuonoCalm invention, which enables the rapid delivery of medicine through the gastrointestinal tract for people with GI disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Schoellhammer developed the hand-held SuonoCalm device for at-home use for patients as a PhD student while under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Blankschtein and MIT Koch Institute for Cancer Research Prof. Robert Langer. The Collegiate Inventors Competition was founded in 1990 as part of the National Inventors Hall of Fame to recognize and reward the nation’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and creative collegiate inventors and encourage university students to follow through with their creations. Schoellhammer won $10,000 for winning the top prize. He describes SuonoCalm this way in his entry description: “Over 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Rectal delivery of medication can be an effective treatment but must be retained for hours or even overnight for greatest efficacy, something that is often impossible for patients. SuonoCalm is a device designed to deliver a wide range of medications directly into tissue using low-frequency ultrasound. Tests have shown superior drug absorption, and it takes just one minute.” SuonoCalm is a platform technology that enable the delivery of biologics and nucleic acids, among others, via the GI tract for at-home administration. The device uses low-frequency ultrasound to physica
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