Physics Professor Granted Second Patent for Lifesaving Medical Devices

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 23, 2016 – Dr. Briana Fiser, assistant professor of physics at High Point University, was granted her second U.S. patent for components that make up potentially lifesaving medical devices that are in the early stages of development. Fiser was awarded the patent with researchers Richard Superfine, Richard Spero, Adam Shields and Ben Evans from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elon University and Rheomics Inc.

Fiser has worked for many years on a method to facilitate measuring the properties of fluids in the human body, such as how well a patient’s blood is clotting. Her most recent work provides specifics on fabricating the magnetic micron-sized rods used in this method.

“These patents should eventually lead to the creation of a medical device that can be easily transported by emergency medical personnel and can provide them with immediate information about a patient’s condition, like their ability to clot, so personnel can provide necessary treatments quickly,” Fiser says.

Rheomics, a company in Chapel Hill, is currently working on creating devices that use ASAPs, or actuated surface-attached posts, based on the micron-sized rods described in Fiser’s patents.

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