Vascular surgeon Pat Kelly of Sanford Health knew his patients were doing better with the stent graft he designed, but he wanted a better understanding of the mechanics before testing the device more widely in a clinical trial. For that, he reached out to SDSU.
Associate professor Stephen Gent in mechanical engineering had done computational fluid dynamics modeling for more than 10 years, but this was his first experience simulating blood flow.
Their research partnership has been a successful one.
The Sanford Health team began a Food and Drug Administration clinic trial on the device in March with the support of data from the computational fluid dynamics simulation and the patients Kelly has treated. In April, Sanford Health signed a licensing deal with Medtronic that will bring this life-saving device closer to commercialization. The research was supported by a grant from Sanford Frontiers.
Provided by: South Dakota State University