Biomedical
Engineering

image: Through the SwRI Internal Research and Development Program, an inter- disciplinary project team developed an orthopaedic device to detect undesired motion after spinal fusion surgery. US Patent No. 6,656,135

Through the SwRI Internal Research & Development Program, an inter- disciplinary project team developed an orthopaedic device to detect undesired motion after spinal fusion surgery (US Patent No. 6,656,135).


image: This off-chip MEMS mechanical relay was developed using the internal research and development program.

This off-chip microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mechanical relay was developed using the internal research and development program.

The healthcare industry has been supported through innovative research and development in the biomedical engineering and research fields by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) since the early 1970s.

Image: Since the mid 1970s, the Biomedical Engineering Section at SwRI has supported the healthcare industry.

Since the mid 1970s, the Biomedical Engineering Section at SwRI has supported the healthcare industry.



A unique corporate philosophy allows SwRI to offer contract research and development with appealing business features. Clients contract with SwRI for healthcare technology solutions for several reasons.

  • SwRI is independent and impartial. It is not affiliated with any government agency, educational institution, or corporate entity, nor does it endorse products or services.
  • SwRI is nonprofit. There are no stockholders.
  • SwRI's state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are located on more than 1,200 acres in San Antonio, Texas.
  • More than 2 million square feet of laboratories, offices, and test facilities support work on more than 4,000 client projects each year.
  • SwRI celebrated 60 years in 2007 and recently marked $592 million in revenue this past year. We provide long-term continuity for your current and future project needs.
  • Customer service is a priority—more than 80 percent of our business is return business.
  • Technical diversity is our culture—SwRI has a wide range of technical competencies and breadth. Its more than 2,800 staff members in 11 technical divisions have expertise in such areas as, but not limited to:
    • Chemistry
    • Space sciences
    • Nondestructive evaluation
    • Automation
    • Engine design
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Electronics
  • SwRI can assemble a multidisciplinary team of experts required by any technical project, giving SwRI a teaming flexibility difficult to find at other R&D organizations with technical divisions, we can provide a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.
  • As part of a long-held tradition, intellectual property rights arising from sponsored research at SwRI are often assigned to the client. SwRI generally retains the rights to Institute-funded advancements.
  • SwRI performs applied contract research and development and encourages technology transfer.
  • Our internal research and development program gives our staff the opportunity to develop new technologies and conduct basic research. In FY2013, internal research projects were funded at a value of more than $6.7 million.
  • Rapid turnaround is key—we understand the need to rapidly commercialize technologies.
  • Engineers and scientists write proposals and manage projects, enabling business decisions to consider technical concerns.

Related Terminology

bioengineering  •  biomedical engineering  •  biomedical technology  •  biotechnology, biomechanics  •  biomedical research  •  biosensors  •  cardiovascular research  •  biomaterials  •  medical manufacturing  •  raman spectroscopy  •  raman microscopy  •  medical device development  •  biosensors, immuno-histochemistry studies  •  medical instrument consulting

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 11 technical divisions.
08/08/14