UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing

  • Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

2019 Ray of Hope Price Second Place Winner

Pittsburgh, PA

Innovation Details

Aruga has developed a platform technology that uses a self-cleaning mechanism found throughout nature: dynamic wrinkling. In particular, human arteries use nanoscale wrinkles to keep platelets from sticking, and dolphin skin uses them to keep other organisms from attaching and growing. Their first product is a vascular implant that doubles traditional implant lifetime by keeping blood clot buildup from depositing on the blood contacting surface. They are exploring how their technology may be applied across industrial surfaces that frequently experience fouling, such as marine and water infrastructure.

Learn more at arugatechnologies.com.

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