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Dr. Sita Pappu Named a Woman of Distinction

Sita Pappu

Congratulations to our very own, Dr. Sita Pappu, Director of the Office of Commercialization, for being recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Women’s History Month Committee and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. This distinguished honor recognizes Dr. Pappu’s professional contributions and service activities that span all of WSU’s campuses, and research and extension centers.

Dr. Pappu is an accomplished scientist, a goal-oriented and results-driven manager, a highly successful administrator, compassionate leader, and mentor to all. In just thirteen years at WSU, she has assembled an impressive list … » More …

WSU Innovators Receive Funding from Commercialization Gap Fund

The OC is pleased to award 7 WSU researchers with a grant from the FY2015 Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF). The awards are intended to be the final funding step to advance innovations from the lab to the marketplace. In collaboration with the OC, CGF recipients will work to reach key milestones throughout the duration of the 12-month funding cycle.

The awardees include:

Dr. Amit Bandyopadhyay, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (Pullman)
Project Title: Next Generation Infection Resistant Load-Bearing Implants

Dr. Clifford Berkman, College of Arts and Sciences (Pullman)
Project Title: Tunable pH – Sensitive Linker for Targeted Drug Delivery

Mark E. De … » More …

Life Sciences Discovery Fund announces $750k in proof of concept grants

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund announced nearly $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to Washington state for-profit and non-profit organizations, looking to promote translation of health related technologies from the lab to the marketplace. In addition, an existing grant was expanded by $56,000 to increase the commercial potential of a drug to protect hearing in patients taking certain antibiotics.

The awards will advance the development of products to improve lupus treatment, permit at-home monitoring of lung function for individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other conditions. In addition, the funding will also support validation of novel cell separations technology for cancer immunotherapy and … » More …

Inventors Convene at the WSU Innovation Open House

On September 18th, the WSU Innovation Open House, a “special showcase of just a small sample of the many research activities at Washington State University” was held in the CUB to correspond with the WSU Foundation Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees. From projects just past proof-of-concept to innovations well under way to their commercialization, the showcase demonstrated not only the efforts of the researchers, but the OC’s contributions as well. Here’s a brief presentation of the projects in attendance:

Attendees try their hand at the VALS test simulator

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WBBA Highlights WSU’s Office of Commercialization

The Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association recently highlighted the Washington State University Office of Commercialization and its partnership with Accelerator. In discussing the OC’s history, the WBBA briefly discussed our recent partnership with the biotech investment company, and also explained a few of our other programs coinciding with our push for WSU’s revitalization of the commercialization departments.

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M3 Biotechnology to be showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Washington State University Office of Commercialization is proud to announce that M3 Biotechnology, one of our local startup companies, has been selected as one of five companies to be showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for their work on neurodegenerative disease therapies. The MJFF aims to accelerate the research and development of projects in Parkinson’s disease research by making the researchers and projects more visible.

M3 Biotechnology’s mission statement, ‘To cure neurodegenerative diseases’ is a straightforward explanation of their goals and projects. The group was already supported from grants from the MJFF as well as the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery foundation, groups highly interested … » More …

WSU Visitor Center Recieves Honor

The visitor center has earned one of the 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) for innovative design, engineering achievement and creativity

The Brelsford Washington State University Visitor Center project was submitted by Amie Sullivan, associate for KPFF Consulting Engineers, who worked on the project.

Brelsford WSU Visitor Center


NCSEA advances the practice of structural engineering and protects the public’s right to safe, sustainable and cost-effective buildings, bridges and other structures. The awards highlight some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world.

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WSU Campus Energy Operations to Get Even Smarter!


Washington State University will soon become a collaborating partner in a new $14.3M Clean Energy Fund grant for one of three Washington energy storage projects.

The project is set to take place on WSU’s main campus in the Pullman, WA area. Over three years, Avista Utilities will test how well large batteries store energy from wind, solar and other renewable fuel sources, and how well they are able to support WSU’s smart campus operations. This project compliments the existing Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project at WSU, started in 2009 with Avista Utilities, the largest regional project of its kind in the US.

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WSU professor recognized for frozen food innovation

Juming Tang, Washington State University Professor and food engineering researcher, has earned the 2014 Freezing Research award for his work, which has led to the significant improvement in food quality and safety through freezing. His contributions include microwave pasteurization technology, essential to the control of microbial and viral pathogens in frozen and chilled meals.

President of the Frozen Food Foundation and president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute, Kraig R. Naasz praised Professor Tang’s work, saying “Dr. Tang’s contributions to the field of food science and engineering have aided the scientific community and consumers alike, by demonstration innovation through increased product quality, safety, … » More …

New commercialization gap funding assists WSU innovators

Washington State University researchers will be happy to know that they can now obtain funds for their projects through the new commercialization gap-funding program. Proposals can be submitted at, and awards are to be announced by December.

Following on the heels of WSU’s recent partnership with Accelerator Corperation, WSU’s own Office of Commercialization has established the CGf program to help provide the funding to WSU researchers with a high commercialization potential.

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