University-Mayo research projects with commercialization potential awarded funding

Four research projects have been selected to receive Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) awards, initially providing up to $50,000 in direct expenses to develop novel therapeutic compounds, devices, diagnostics, or IT products that have the potential to be commercialized. Successful projects will be eligible for additional funding through this program.

The TPDF program is a joint initiative between CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), in conjunction with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP)

The TPDF program supports the advancement of technologies that have the potential to be commercialized, such as projects that will lead to a start-up company or license agreement with an established commercial entity. Ultimately, the program aims to impact the lives of Minnesotans by translating research discoveries into new therapies and treatment approaches for patients.

Congratulations to the newest awardees!

TPDF award recipients

Project Title: Micrometer: Next-generation standards for microbiome analysis

  • Kenneth Beckman, PhD, Director, University of Minnesota Genomics Center
  • Daryl Gohl, PhD, Research and Development Lead, University of Minnesota Genomics Center

Project Title: Pilot implementation of cloud-based electronic checklist to improve daily ICU rounds in rural access hospitals

  • Ognjen Gajic, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • Kathleen A. Harder, PhD, Director, University of Minnesota Center for Design in Health

Project Title: Development of ultrasmall wireless radiation sensors for in vivo dosimetry in cancer therapy

  • Steven Koester, PhD, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Bruce Gerbi, PhD, Professor, Department of Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota

Project Title: Fiber-optic tube thoracostomy trocar for improved patient chest drainage

  • David Morris, MD, Assistant Professor, Trauma Critical Care, Mayo Clinic
  • Gregory J. Beilman, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota

Full-time University of Minnesota faculty (all campuses) and Mayo Clinic Associate Consultant to Consultant investigators from the Rochester campus are invited to apply when CTSI releases its next TPDF RFA, anticipated in early 2016.