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Dr. Kacey Marra Receives $2M DOD Grant for Nerve Guide Work

This funding will permit completion of the necessary testing of the nerve guide to obtain the approval for the first human clinical trial.

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Kacey Marra, PhD (pictured), Professor, Departments of Plastic Surgery and Bioengineering, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Plastic Surgery, recently was awarded a 2-year, $2M Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), Technology/Therapeutic Development Award (TTDA) grant to obtain regulatory approval for the AxoMax nerve guide. This effort is a continuation of Dr. Marra’s research in AFIRM 2 (and ITP). The co-investigator on this award is Anthony Windebank, MD, Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

This funding will permit completion of the necessary testing of the nerve guide to obtain the approval for the first human clinical trial. Work will begin Summer 2021.

The PRMRP TTDA is a product-driven award mechanism intended to provide support for the translation of promising preclinical findings into products for clinical applications, including prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or quality of life, in at least one of the Congressionally directed PRMRP Topic Areas. Products in development should be responsive to the healthcare needs of military Service Members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.

Congratulations, Dr. Marra!

Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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