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s and other implantable biomedical devices, thin film nitinol has yet to be incorporated into a commercially available biomedical device," Carman said.

"Recent studies we've conducted have shown that thin film nitinol can be used to cover stents and to provide a barrier in preventing regrowth of tissue into stented arteries and veins. Beyond its use in either percutaneously or surgically placed valves, I anticipate that thin film nitinol will have a wide variety of applications in the development of future implantable biomedical devices for both adults and children," Levi added.

In order to bring their new valves and stents for children to market, UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital and researchers at UCLA Engineering are seeking to collaborate with industry, but both Levi and Carman say it will still be a number of years before the valves will be commercially available.

To date, the research done by Carman and Levi has been supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health. Thin film nitinol originally was developed for defense applications with support from both the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


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Contact: Melissa Abraham
mabraham@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0540
University of California - Los Angeles
13-Feb-2006


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