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FY 2019 Commercialization Gap Fund awardees

The Office of Commercialization has chosen eight research projects with high commercialization potential to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund for 2019. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including agriculture, engineering, human health and veterinary medicine.

The Washington State University Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) was re-established in 2014 with a generous donation from the Washington Research Foundation to support projects over a two-year period. This gift was matched by internal funding supported by the WSU Offices of the President, Provost, and the Vice President for Research. The goal of the program is to support projects that have … » More …

2018 Commercialization Gap Fund awardees

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research projects with high commercialization potential have been chosen to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund for 2018. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including clean technology, human health, agriculture and engineering.
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Cleveland police launching anti-bias training developed by WSU

By Addy Hatch, WSU College of Nursing

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Lois James

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two hundred patrol officers in the Cleveland police department will undergo training to recognize their subconscious biases using a simulator developed by an assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing.

The large-scale training is part of a $750,000 research grant awarded to Lois James, Ph.D., by the National Institute of Justice, the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Need for a better microscope prompts launch of a startup

By WIll Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences
Originally published in WSU News

WSU physicist Matthew McCluskey wasn’t trying to invent the next generation of material characterization microscopes, but when he couldn’t get the results he wanted from the best on the market, he improvised.

Four years later, McCluskey launched Klar Scientific, a startup designing and manufacturing an innovative, new instrument that collects more information about materials in less time and at a lower cost than what is currently on the market. The company is the recipient of a $210,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant to bring the affordable and easy to use microscope to market.

“Our new instrument could make a major impact in the $6.2 billion microscope market,” McCluskey said. “The business development advice and funding we received from the WSU Commercialization Gap Fund and the WSU Innovation Corps program were instrumental in our efforts to build a prototype and demonstrate the potential of this new technology.”

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Licensing deal with Genus will help combat deadly cattle disease

First published in WSU News

A gene editing technology developed at WSU is being licensed to Genus plc, a global animal genetics company, to develop cattle that are more resistant to bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

“From domestication and selective breeding to today’s use of advanced biotechnology, the goal of all animal husbandry remains the same,” said Bryan Slinker, dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  “The goal is to continue to optimize animal health and well-being and produce disease-free food animals.  This work is another important step in ensuring we meet our responsibilities to animals as well as the world’s food supply, now and in the future.”

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