Entrepreneur of the Year Presentation and Reception
Please join the UMB community, as well as special guests, for a guest lecture entitled "Road to a Deep Breath," and reception to congratulate this year's Entrepreneur of the Year award winner Dr. Bartley P. Griffith from the School of Medicine.
A world-renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon, Dr. Griffith struggled for decades to develop an artificial lung - one that wouldn't tie patients to a breathing machine in a hospital bed. After 20 years, he achieved his goal, creating a portable, at-home device for artificial respiration.
To market this technology, which should help hundreds of thousands of patients each year, Dr. Griffith in 2014 worked with UM Ventures, the University of Maryland, Baltimore's commercialization arm, to found the company Breethe, Inc.
Based at the BioPark, Breethe, Inc. is deep into product development, funded to date through three rounds of equity capital with Dr. Griffith playing an active role.
In addition to his lung breakthroughs, Griffith was one of the early surgeons to implant a Jarvik heart, and he developed a pediatric heart pump.