Recipients of Technology Transfer travel, development awards announced

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OHSU Technology Transfer introduced two new funding mechanisms in 2019 that support researcher-entrepreneurs in technology development and commercialization. The awards expand Tech Transfer’s portfolio of funding opportunities that support all stages of innovation development — from disclosure through development and commercialization.

Early Stage Technology Awards

The Early Stage Technology Award program provides bimonthly awards of up to $10,000 to support technology development.

2019 recipients

  • Andrei Sdrulla, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, School of Medicine:
    An energy-efficient and effective stimulation device for pain relief.
  • Nasibeh Vatankhah, M.D., assistant professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, Knight Cardiovascular Institute:
    A novel wound healing assessment tool.
  • John Muschler, Ph.D., research associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine:
    Novel agents for the detection and treatment of bladder cancer.
  • Ningcheng (Peter) Li, M.D., resident, Diagnostic Radiology, School of Medicine:
    A multi-modal AI radiology assistance tool permitting human input integration at multiple levels.
  • Craig Abbenhaus, resource nurse, General Surgery Unit, OHSU Hospital:
    Bed rail call light/pillow speaker holder and IV-line manager.

All new inventions and technologies disclosed to Tech Transfer are eligible for the award. Recipients are selected based on novelty and market opportunity, as well as initial data provided with the technology disclosure.

Contact to find out more about the award and disclosure, the first step in the commercialization process.

Travel Awards

The Tech Transfer Travel Award program provides up to $5,000 for researcher-entrepreneurs to attend presentations and meet with potential partners about their innovations.

2019 recipients

  • John Muschler, Ph.D., research associate professor, Department Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
    Attended the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in support of his development of a novel imaging and therapeutic compounds to detect, monitor and treat early-stage bladder cancer.
  • Ashley Sercia, research assistant, Bertassoni lab, School of Dentistry
    Attended a Michigan Pittsburgh Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center meeting to promote RegendoGEL, a regenerative root canal treatment.
  • Jie Wang, M.S., research assistant and Ph.D. student, COOL Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
    Attended the 2019 SPIE Photonics West Conference in support of the AI-aided diagnosis and segmentation of Choroidal Neovascularization (CNV) in Optical Coherence Tomographic Angiography technology.

To learn more or to submit a proposal, contact