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November 28, 2018

CT Children's surgery chief awarded $1M for biotech research

Photo | Contributed Dr. Christine Finck

The surgeon-in-chief of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has been awarded a $1 million grant to further her research with a Massachusetts-based biotech company.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently awarded the funding to Dr. Christine Finck, who is working with Biostage to develop bioengineered organ implants to treat life-threatening conditions of the esophagus.

The grant is aimed at supporting Biostage’s Cellspan Esophageal Implant (CEI) for treatment of neonatal esophageal atresia and the research Finck is performing with CEI in her Connecticut lab.

“There is a tremendous unmet medical need for children suffering with esophageal atresia in the U.S. and across the world,” Finck said. “This technology has the potential to dramatically improve their care and condition.”

Esophageal atresia affects about 1 in 4,300 pregnancies in the U.S. annually, estimates show. Many times the upper esophagus ends and fails to connect with the lower esophagus and stomach. The condition is sometimes life threatening, officials said.

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