NIH awards $228,325 to advance development of magnetic resonance-compatible bio-recording system

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that is developing an affordable device to allow researchers and medical professionals to conduct MRI scans with increased efficiency, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
MR-Link LLC of West Lafayette has secured the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant of $228,325. The goal of the program is to use federal funds to support scientific excellence and increase private sector commercialization of technological innovation, according to the university.

“This grant is validation for us that our idea is on the right track and there is a need for these kind of technologies that may help researchers to understand human physiology more accurately,” said Ranajay Mandal, one of three MR-Link co-founders.

The coin-sized device works simultaneously with an MRI system to record electro-physiological signals and perform various imaging scans. The device allows researchers to record, stimulate and image the brain and other organs in synchronization the MRI system, allowing them and in the future, medical professionals, to understand patient's physiology more effectively.

The company was founded by Mandal, a graduate student in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering; Nishant Babaria, a graduate student in the Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Zhongming Liu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering. Liu is a BMES member.