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On May 28, 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, P.I., 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.




Team leads 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 (OSU) , Robert McKenney, PhD, FAAMA (OSU), Alex MacDonald (Philips Turnkey Manager), Michael Knopp, MD, PhD, P.I. (OSU), Michael Reed (Manager – Special Projects Group, H&H Systems and Design, Inc.), John Patrick, PhD, MBA (Director of Business Development, Philips Medical Systems)

Martha Morehouse
Medical Plaza Kenny RD

Front of the Morehouse Medical Plaza.


The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging
Concourse Building
Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
The Ohio State University
2050 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210

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The WCI-BMI continues to grow its resources, services and extended locations.  In addition to the main facility located  in the Concourse  Building of the Morehouse Medical Plaza, there are WCI-BMI services/capabilities  at the following locations plus a link to upcoming events: