January 19, 2018

8 CT bioscience projects get CI funding

Yale University | Michael Marsland
Yale University | Michael Marsland
Three Yale-affiliated research teams were among eight in Connecticut to win funding through Connecticut Innovations' BioScience Pipeline Program.

Eight bioscience projects with ties to Yale, UConn and Quinnipiac University — including one involving a wearable device to help detect strokes and a mobile app to pair cancer patients with clinical trials — will receive up to $30,000 under a state program aimed at bolstering the development of health technology.

Connecticut Innovations announced the winners Friday in the latest round of funding under its BioScience Pipeline Program, a collaboration launched in 2015 between the state's venture capital arm and the three universities.

The winning teams, half of which are working on projects in the digital healthcare space, were selected for their potential to "create economic value and transform human health," Connecticut Innovations said.

Projects sharing in the $240,000 grant award include:

A wearable device to monitor neurological symptoms and provide earlier stroke detection, led by Yale Entrepreneurial Institute fellow Sandra Saldana.

A web and cell phone application and software to pair cancer patients with personalized clinical trials, led by the Yale School of Medicine and health technology company Archetyp Mobility.

A digital project to help medical students improve their board scores, led by Dr. Ludmila Kvochina at Quinnipiac University.

A wearable sensor to monitor skin physiology for an array of health conditions, led by Baikun Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UConn.

A project to optimize voltage-sensitive dyes for cardiac safety studies and drug screening, led by Corey Acker of UConn Health Center.

A proposal to accelerate the development of more sensitive electronic hearing protection devices, led by Insoo Kim of UConn Health Center.

A clinical device that can remove an important signaling molecule in cancer metastasis from the blood of cancer patients, led by Dr. Alexander Schulz at Yale.

A portable low-cost device for at-home sperm fertility monitoring, led by Savas Tasoglu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UConn.

The winners will receive up to $30,000 each based on reaching certain milestones. They join 21 other teams funded under program, which have received a combined $2.9 million in follow-on investment and grant funding, the organization said.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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