William J Weiss, PhD, of Penn State College of Medicine is leading efforts to develop the ThoraciCair to reduce the need for invasive and other labor-intensive techniques to treat respiratory distress syndrome in children. The ThoraciCair technology consists of a wearable device to move the chest wall and ventilate the patient by externally applying negative pressure. The ThoraciCair method creates a unique and novel platform for noninvasive ventilation strategies.