Dr. Padala Named to Receive OTT's Innovation of 2011 Award

January 2012

The Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) has selected Dr. Muralidhar Padala to receive Emory University’s Innovation of 2011 award for his percutaneous mitral valve repair system. Dr. Padala, assistant professor in the division of cardiothoracic surgery, directs the Structural Heart Disease Research and Innovation Lab of Emory's Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory. Recipients of OTT awards are recognized for producing an invention that shows significant potential and are picked from a host of pioneering technologies by a panel of judges from both Emory and the Southeastern biotech community.

Mitral regurgitation often occurs in patients with chronic coronary artery disease or following an acute myocardial infarction. Untreated mitral valve regurgitation can lead to heart failure. Dr. Padala's invention is a catheter-based tool for mitral valve repair. The technology consists of a silicone balloon fixed onto the leaflets of the mitral valve, introduced into a beating heart via the ventricular apex. The device could eliminate the need for more risky open-heart surgeries for mitral valve repair.

The "Mitra-Cath" innovation also won first place in the 2011 Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Business Plan Competition, an annual event designed to foster the development of emerging life science opportunities across the Southeast, and has recently received seed funding from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) VentureLab program for prototype development and animal testing.

Dr. Padala will be presented with the award at OTT's 6th Annual Celebration of Technology and Innovation at the Emory Conference Center on March 8th, 2012.