Christopher Batich

Christopher Batich

Christopher Batich, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Engineering
University of Florida

55 U.S. Patents

Christopher Batich is a professor at the University of Florida (UF) and inventor of Bioguard®, a groundbreaking anti-bacterial surface treatment material that is being used as the standard of care for advanced wound dressing and bacterial barrier in burn units and nursing homes throughout the United States. During his career at UF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, from 1997 until 2002, he was the founding director of the Graduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program and, from 2008 until 2010, the founding associate director and chief operating officer of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The major focus for both groups was to leverage the science and engineering at UF to carry out research leading to improved patient care by healthcare professionals. As a result, Batich has been involved in research related to the creation of new drugs and biomedical devices in numerous collaborative projects with the Jacksonville UF Health Center. He worked with surface modification and analysis of polymeric materials as well as drug delivery for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. He also expanded on drug delivery methods to create devices to protect against disease carrying mosquitoes in conjunction with the UF Entomology Department and the local United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). More recently he collaborated with the Cardiology Department at the Jacksonville UF Health Center to develop a device being tested with Johns Hopkins to prevent some of the possible complications associated with cardiac ablation. Batich is a fellow of the AIMBE and holds 55 U.S. patents.