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Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging




Dr. Knopp receiving award from Governor TaftOn 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:

  • The creation of an ultra-high-field 7 Tesla MRI scanner, which will reduce the need for exploratory surgery and permit doctors to closely monitor the effects of medications. It will enable functional imaging research in cancer, neuroscience, and cardiovascular care at OSU.

  • Development of a new and more powerful PET scanner to help physicians better understand disease processes and treatment.

  • Exploration into mobile imaging facilities and remote access systems that would facilitate advanced diagnostic and imaging capabilities in the field during quickly changing and demanding biohazard events.

  • Organization of a powerful, extensive imaging and bioinformatics infrastructure that will integrate the state's scientific community into a virtual think tank for research and development.

  • Provide startup funding in the amount of $1 million for support of innovative and promising imaging projects.

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.


 WCI Imaging Team
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
Concourse Building
Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
The Ohio State University
2050 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43221

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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.

  •     One 3T clinical MRI (Achieva, Philips, Cleveland, Ohio)
  •     One 7T human, preclinical MRI (Achieva, Philips, Cleveland, Ohio)
  •     64-slice Mobile PET/CT system (Philips, Cleveland, Ohio)


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Program Director
Michael V. Knopp, MD, PhD
Melanie Hughes


"Insight" article about the Wright Center
Third Frontier Video
Third Frontier website
WCI Big10 Network Video



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