Did you know that there is a Cape Coral company that employs two scientists whose work has impacted significant advances in biomedical devices worldwide? Ension Inc. has a research laboratory in the Cape that specializes in medical devices for treating pediatric pulmonary distress. Patrick and Linda Cahalan, Senior Scientists at Ension and husband and wife, have headed the Cape Coral lab since 2003. They have over 40 patents for medical devices, components, and processes.
Ension, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, is one of five awardees of a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new pediatric circulatory systems. Ension's device, the pediatric cardiopulmonary assist system (pCAS), is the only system that incorporates novel blood oxygenation as well as blood pumping technology. The Cahalans have been instrumental in development of a heparin-based coating for the blood oxygenators used for infant care.
Ension is currently expanding their Cape Coral facility to accommodate additional research efforts. We wish them continued success with their projects.