BY LEAH TWILLEY
Several Grand Valley initiatives were recently awarded grants from the Grand Rapids SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) to support student, faculty and staff projects that focus on the development of medical devices.
The Applied Medical Devices Institute was awarded $680,000, which will allow students and staff members to work with two local technology companies to help create medical devices and ready them for manufacturing and sales. aMDI, housed in Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile, brings medical device ideas to life through research, design and development. The center is led by Brent Nowak, executive director.