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Using Sound Waves to Clear Lungs

Medical illustration of a person blowing into the Lung Flute

As users exhale into the Lung Flute, sound waves break up mucus in the lungs.

“It’s something everyone’s so conscious of—the need to create employment opportunities here. When you can create a business and create good jobs, there’s a real sense of accomplishment.”
Frank Codella
CEO of Medical Acoustics

Buffalo-based Medical Acoustics distributes the Lung Flute, a hand-held device that employs sound waves to break up mucus in the lungs of people suffering from respiratory illnesses, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The company, located in the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, has 12 employees, nine of whom are full-time. Manufacturing is also local, with Polymer Conversions in Orchard Park producing the Lung Flute.

UB's support has been instrumental in helping to commercialize the device, which received national recognition as one of Popular Science magazine’s top 100 innovations of 2009.

Since its founding in 2002, Medical Acoustics has tapped university resources including grant funding, help with clinical trials and assistance drafting a business plan and identifying a key market.

Today, the Lung Flute is available to hospitals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Codella and his UB partners are proud of their accomplishments—both in bringing the Lung Flute to patients and in bringing innovation-based jobs to Buffalo Niagara.

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