Techshot invents process for manufacturing human blood vessels using a patient’s own stem cells

Techshot has invented a process for manufacturing large human blood vessels using a patient’s own stem cells. Developed with $1.15 million in funding from two consecutive R&D contracts from the Pentagon’s Defense Health Program, the method produces vessels that are expected to initially benefit soldiers with severe injuries to their extremities. Soon after, they should to be available to anyone who, through trauma or disease, needs replacement arteries and/or veins.

“The widespread use of high explosives in current nontraditional battlefields has led to significant increase in extremity injuries,” said Techshot Chief Scientist Eugene D. Boland, Ph.D. “In 2011, it was reported that sixty seven percent of wounds were to the limbs, with severe soft-tissue, bone and vascular injuries.  And because most suffered multiple injuries, autologous, or “spare” vessels harvested from the patient’s own uninjured arm or leg, were unavailable which led to high amputation rates.”

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Techshot Develops Medical X-ray System for International Space Station

Techshot Inc. has developed the first X-ray system for the International Space Station (ISS). Known as the Bone Densitometer, the device is expected to launch to the station aboard a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft in summer 2014, where it will be used by astronauts to study bone loss in mice.

“NASA is our oldest customer,” said Techshot Executive Vice President and COO John Vellinger.  “For more than 25 years, the agency has counted on us to develop tools it uses to conduct research in space. Nothing like the Bone Densitometer has ever flown before, and we deeply appreciate the trust that’s been placed in us.”

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Video of first test of Techshot deep sea chamber with a submersible vehicle

This is a video of the first test of the Techshot High Pressure Specimen Chamber (HPSC) with a deep sea submersible at Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory in Honolulu. The HPSC is designed to retrieve animals from as deep as 2,000 meters (6,280 feet) under the sea and safely bring them to the surface, while maintaining conditions that sustain life and maximize research laboratory data gathering.

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Pressure Specimen Chamber

This week, Techshot completed and shipped its first prototype High Pressure Specimen Chamber (HPSC) for ocean research. The device is designed to retrieve animals from as deep as 2,000 meters (6,280 feet) under the sea and safely bring them to the surface, while maintaining conditions that sustain life and maximize research laboratory data gathering.

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Techshot hires Dr. Eugene Boland as chief scientist

Following an exhaustive national search, Techshot has hired Eugene Boland, Ph.D., as chief scientist, replacing the retiring Paul Todd, Ph.D., who has been named chief scientist emeritus for the technology development company.

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Techshot hires electrical engineer

Techshot has hired Nathan Armentrout to serve as an electrical engineer. Armentrout expects to be working nearly exclusively on a project called MVP (Multi-specimen Variable-gravity Platform) which will be used in space to study the effects of gravity on a wide variety of sample types.

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