Breethe, Inc. is making an artificial lung for patients to take home from the hospital

A University of Maryland School of Medicine researcher found a way for patients to take an artificial lung with them when they leave the hospital. In addition to taking pride in the research developed at the Baltimore-based campus, the university also sees business potential.

The “out-of-hospital” artificial lung, developed by Dr. Bartley Griffith, is at the heart of a University of Maryland BioPark-based startup called Breethe, Inc.

This week, University of Maryland’s commercialization arm announced a deal to license the technology to Breethe. UM Ventures is also investing $100,000, marking the second such financial backing the university has made to a company that started with university research. The investment was part of a seed round that the company closed in January.