Awardees (not all pictured): Edward R. Argetsinger, Paul D. Jablonski, Paul C. Turner. The Coronary Stents Team was nominated for their ground-breaking work in the material sciences, using their metallurgical expertise to create a new alloy with tremendous commercial potential. The three researchers from the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory worked diligently with an industrial partner, Boston Scientific Corporation, to develop a special platinum/chromium alloy. The alloy was subsequently used by Boston Scientific to create several product lines of coronary stents, directly improving the lives of heart disease patients around the globe. The award-winning coronary stent has seen great commercial success, approaching $4 billion in sales, representing a 45 percent share of the coronary stent market in the United States and 33 percent throughout the rest of the world. This stellar example of technology transfer represents a significant achievement on behalf of the Departmentâs National Energy Technology Laboratory and illustrates how the National Energy Technology Laboratoryâs expertise in improving materials can improve lives.
June 12, 2014
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