University of Akron professor receives $2 million grant to commercialize non-opioid pain relief

Story excerpt provided by Cleveland Plain Dealer.

AKRON, Ohio- University of Akron professor Matthew Becker has been awarded a $2 million grant from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission to commercialize a non-opiate degradable polymer mesh designed to control post-surgical pain while helping patients avoid potential addiction to pain pills.

He is working with 21MedTech and pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. on the project. The grant is the largest given to a higher education institution as part of the Third Frontier Commission effort combating the opioid crisis, UA said.

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Originally published December 11, 2017.

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