Piezo Technologies has been awarded a national grant to develop "High Power Piezoelectric Ceramics and Novel Ultrasound Therapeutic Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery." The grant was awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through its Advanced Technology Program (ATP). The ATP only funds high-risk R&D projects that promise significant commercial payback and widespread benefits for the nation. Piezo Technologies and its participating subcontractors will receive $2 million from NIST over the three-year life of the project. The total project cost is expected to be more than $2.5 million. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop minimally invasive surgery devices that would be used to treat a wide range of disorders. The project will be focused on developing miniaturized medical devices that can be introduced into the body through a transarterial catheter, or a laproscopic or transesophageal device, eliminating the need for more invasive surgery procedures.