In October 2019, the MSU Technology Transfer Office made its debut 2019 Gap Funding Opportunity Announcement, for funds to support the pre-commercialization activities around faculty inventions exhibiting strong market potential.  These gap funds were made possible by an award from the US Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies i6 Challenge program


In early November, proposals were evaluated by MSU TTO, Dean Mark Ranalli, and Next Frontier Capital.  The proposals were impressively strong for our first competition.  Award decisions were then made, and winners notified just before Thanksgiving.  Winning proposals:

  • Stephanie McCalla (Chemical & Biological Engineering) -- Customized Microfluidic Device Temperature Controller And Thermocycler For Use Within A Microscope ($19,140)
  • Ed Dratz (Chemistry & Biochemistry) -- Chemically Defined Cell Culture Supplements for Superior Results ($59,048)
  • Mark Jutila (Microbiology & Immunology) -- Use of immune modifiers to enhance bovine resistance to scours ($19,346)
  • Indika Kahanda (Computer Science) -- ClearCareAI: An Effective AI-powered CPG-based Treatment Recommendation System for Psychiatrists ($19,966)
  • Blake Wiedenheft (Microbiology & Immunology) -- Novel system for delivery of designer RNA cargos for treating monogenic diseases ($50,000)


Thanks to all of our applicants, and congratulations to the winners.


Watch for the next MSU Gap Funding opportunity, with proposal due date expected in April 2020!


Questions should be addressed to Daniel Juliano in the Technology Transfer Office.


Phone: (406) 994-7483