A Medical Device Daily

Selenium (Austin, Texas) reported it has received a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop antimicrobial dental devices and water lines. The amount of the grant was not disclosed.

The company’s Select technology includes antimicrobial or antineoplastic coating technology.

Julian Spallholz and Ted Reid are co-chief scientists of Selenium and both are professors at Texas Tech University. Selenium is funded and managed by life sciences venture firm, Emergent Technologies.

Selenium managing director Kris Looney, said, “We will use this funding to develop proofs of concept of antimicrobial coatings to reduce risk of contamination or infection in the dentist office.”

In other grant news:

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape, and his wife Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen have made a $27.5 million gift to Stanford Hospital & Clinics (Stanford, California) to build a new emergency department. The facility will be called the Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department.

In addition to Andreessen’s accomplishments with Netscape, he is well known for developing Mosaic, the first widely used web browser. Arrillaga-Andreessen is on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she teaches the school’s first courses on strategic philanthropy.

“Everybody walks into the emergency department at some point. It could be you or someone in your family,” said Andreessen. “This means we could have a big impact. The opportunity to build a new emergency services department that is world-class is enormous.”

The gift will enable the hospital to build a department more than double the size of current facilities and expand its services and technologies to meet growing demand. Stanford Hospital provides the only level-1 trauma center between San Francisco and San Jose. The hospital is planning to build an entirely new emergency facility to be located within Stanford Medical Center near the existing site.

In contracts news: Smart Medical Technology (Darien, Illinois) reported being awarded a five-year contract with Novation (Irving, Texas), a healthcare contracting services company of VHA and the University HealthSystem Consortium, for its Liftaem safe-patient-handling system.