On May 28th, 2003, Dr. Michael V. Knopp received a $9.1 million Third Frontier Grant from Ohio Governor Bob Taft and $8 million from BRTT (the Biomedical Research and Technology Transfer award) to create the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging. The project is also known as the "Biomedical Structural, Functional and Molecular Imaging Enterprise." This funding is among the largest ever awarded to a medical researcher at The Ohio State University.
In addition to The Ohio State University, project collaborators include Case Western Reserve University, Philips Medical Systems of Highland Heights, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center.
Goals of the funding include:
Dr. Knopp is the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Chair for Imaging Research. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the research and clinical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomograpy (PET), and computed tomography (CT).
His own research involves imaging of angiogenesis and therapy response monitoring, cardiovascular imaging, assessment of molecular and functional imagery and contrast agents.
|Part of the team instrumental in building the Wright Center for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging seen standing in front of the Philips 7 Tesla MR System. From left: Johannes Heverhagen, MD, PhD, Robert McKenney, PhD, Alex MacDonald (Philips Turnkey Manager), Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, P.I., Michael Reed Manager – Special Projects Group, Systems and Design, Inc.), John Patrick, PhD, MBA (Director of Business Development, Philips Medical Systems)|
The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging
Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
The Ohio State University
2050 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43221
Equipment at this location
The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging is a state-of-the-art 26,000 square-foot outpatient and research facility adjacent to The Ohio State University Medical Center Outpatient Facility (Morehouse Medical Plaza).
Approximately one third of the facility is
dedicated to animal preparation including two separate animal exam rooms and animal holding areas. The area has suitable air handling, animal exam tables, anesthesia machines and supplies for veterinary animal care.