William Federspiel, PhD William Kepler Whiteford Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Jonathan D'Cunha, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mechanical ventilation has conventionally been used as the frontline treatment option for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who account for 1million hospitalizations in US per year. Ventilator induced lung injury, however, can further exacerbate injury while Lung protective ventilation reduces lung injury but at the cost of increased CO2 levels in patients and the need for extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R). The Modular Extracorporeal Lung Assist System (ModELAS) is a single device solution to address a broad array of lung failure patients, including kids. It is a compact and wearable integrated blood pump and gas exchange module capable of long-term respiratory support.