The U.S. Congress has included $600,000 in the 2010 appropriations bill to support biomedical textile research and science laboratory equipment at Philadelphia University.
The bill includes $500,000 for research and development of biomedical textile structures, including those that could be used for cardiac repair, ligament repair, organ regeneration and vascular prostheses. The research would be carried out in the University’s new Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory.
Another $100,000 in the bill would support science laboratory equipment. The Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed by the House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama by the end of the week.
The Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory, which was opened Oct. 16 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, also has received funding of about $988,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The laboratory combines nanofiber technology with advanced textile manufacturing technologies to help create new textile structures for biomedical purposes.
“This federal support, in addition to the funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will enable Philadelphia University to build on our long-standing legacy of developing fiber structures for biomedical applications,” said David Brookstein, Sc.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Textiles. “Working with researchers from the College of Medicine at Drexel University, we plan to use this funding to advance the rapidly growing field of tissue engineering.”