IUSB professor, researcher dies in N.H. car accident

David G. M. Carville, a local biotechnology researcher and associate faculty member in chemistry at Indiana University South Bend, died Sunday in Manchester, N.H., from injuries suffered in a car accident.

Carville, 47, of Osceola, was a native of northern Ireland.

Through his research and businesses, Carville was well known in the area biotechnology community, said William Feighery, chair of the IUSB chemistry department. Carville made his classes very relevant to students, including bringing to class professionals he had met in clinical settings, Feighery said.

Carville had been scheduled to teach a clinical biotechnology course for IUSB's fall semester, which begins Monday.

"He was very proud of his Irish heritage. His generosity was one of his outstanding traits," Feighery said.

Carville had taught on the IUSB faculty since 1998. Carville earned his doctoral degree in 1989 from the University of Ulster in Belfast.

He worked as director of cardiovascular research at American Biogenetic Sciences in South Bend from 1989 to 1997, and also did post-doctoral research at the University of Notre Dame, according to IUSB.

In the late 1990s, while conducting private research in a laboratory at IUSB, Carville and research partner Kirk Guyer developed a new medical technology designed to make some common heart surgeries safer.

The innovation was named Plateletworks, according to a 2000 Tribune article. It was a blood test that could be performed within four minutes in operating rooms during surgeries, and helped surgeons determine the precise amount of life-saving drugs called platelet inhibitors to give patients, Carville said in that interview.

The new technology was the result of a collaboration between IUSB's chemistry department and Array Medical, a private biotech firm based in New Jersey.

Carville and Guyer developed courses for IUSB's chemistry department and mentored students through a summer internship program, hiring students for hands-on experience in their laboratory.

Carville also founded two companies: Clinical Solutions & Innovations in South Bend, where he served as chief executive officer and chief scientific officer; and Causeway Scientific in Mishawaka, where he was president.

Palmer Funeral Home-River Park is handling arrangements.

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