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Research fund partner helps WSU innovation advance

First published for WSU News

Since the Commercialization Gap Fund launched at Washington State University two years ago, 14 researchers have received funding to fill the gap between their discoveries and private investment. The Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has just invested up to $1 million for the next four years in the fund.

The fund has helped with everything from taking a muscle regenerating treatment to the next step in the drug development process (https://economicdevelopment.wsu.edu/2016/03/28/2333/), to developing training that will help police officers overcome biases (https://economicdevelopment.wsu.edu/2016/06/21/counter-bias-training-simulation-reaches-officers-gap-fund-support/).

“We have been impressed with the diversity of innovations at WSU,” said Beth Etscheid, director of research commercialization at the WRF (http://www.wrfseattle.org/), which established the fund with WSU in 2014. » More …

Licensing agreement will improve chemical detection

First published for WSU News

A new licensing partnership between WSU and Excellims Corp. will improve chemical detection tools used to detect everything from dangerous chemicals to human disease.

“I am very happy to see our research achievements being implemented into a commercial instrument,” said Herbert Hill, a WSU Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry who developed the licensed technology. “This will allow researchers in a variety of academic research and industrial research fields to have a more powerful tool based on ion mobility spectrometry.”

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Dr. Sita Pappu Named a Woman of Distinction

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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 of … » 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:

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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.

Read more on the story here: http://www.washbio.org/?page=WSU_Accelerator

 

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