CIT announces Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund awards

money-newlinksThe Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today 38 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) awards totaling nearly $3 million for the purpose of funding targeted areas of research with commercial promise.

Twenty-seven organizations from academia and industry in the Commonwealth received this commercialization support, which is aligned with the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap.

The CRCF program is a state fund designed to advance, in Virginia, targeted areas of research with potential for economic growth. During this round, applications were invited under six programs: Commercialization, Eminent Researcher Recruitment, Facilities Enhancement, Matching Funds, SBIR Matching Funds, and STTR Matching Funds.

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, “These awards continue the CRCF mission to advance crucial research and commercialization projects that foster innovation and new economic development opportunities across Virginia.”

“We were very pleased to receive an exceptionally strong set of proposals this round. The proposals that were awarded continue to support goals and industry opportunities identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap,” said Nancy Vorona, Vice President of CIT R&D.

The following CRCF proposals will be awarded, contingent upon acceptance of award terms and conditions:


Commercialization Program

  • AxonAI, LLC (Harrisonburg), Ant-Based Cyber Defense, Dr. Sven Brueckner, $50,000
  • AxonAI, LLC (Harrisonburg), Information Discovery with Active Models, Dr. Sven Brueckner, $50,000
  • AxonDx, LLC (Harrisonburg), Development of a Circulating Tumor Cell Identification and Characterization System, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, $50,000
  • Cardinal Mechatronics (Blacksburg), Non-Contact Measurement of Patient Respiratory Rate with a LWIR Camera System, Dr. John Bird, $49,960
  • Nanofoundry, LLC (Glen Allen), Development of In-Line Monitoring of Magnetic Properties in a Micro-Channel Reactor System for Nanoparticle Manufacturing, Dr. Everett Carpenter, $15,000
  • NextGen Diagnostics (Ashburn), Commercializing NextGen Diagnostics, Dr. Keith Crandall, $50,000
  • Ultrasonic Probe LLC (Glen Allen), UltraSonagraphic Periodontal Probe, Mr. Jack Singer, $50,000
  • UpHex, LLC (Charlottesville), UpHex Commercialization, Mr. Bradley Kipp, $50,000


Eminent Researcher Recruitment Program

  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville), Companion Diagnostics and Targeted Therapeutics for Treating SAS1B Positive Cancers, Dr. John Herr, $249,862
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg), Recruitment of Eminent Researcher in Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Dr. Michael Friedlander, $250,000


Matching Funds Program

  • College of William and Mary (Williamsburg), Manufacturing Polymers with Advanced Performance Through Graphene-Based Nanoparticle Additives, Dr. Hannes Schniepp$100,000
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk), Development and Commercialization of a New, Sensitive and Chemo-Responsive Anti-SIAH-Based Monoclonal Antibody Detection Kit to Determine and Quantify the Efficacy of Chemotherapies in Real Time for Virginia Breast Cancer Patients with Metastatic Diseases, Dr. Amy Tang, $100,000
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk), Development of Selective 12-Lipoxygenase Inhibitors for Type 1 Diabetes, Dr. Jerry Nadler, $100,000
  • George Mason University (Fairfax), Manufacture Large-Area Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials for Portable, Flexible and Transparent Electronics, Dr. Qiliang Li, $100,000
  • The George Washington University (Ashburn), Technical Feasibility and Potential Commercial Impact of High-Efficiency Solar Cells Enhanced with Quantum Dots, Dr. Andrei Afanasev, $50,000
  • Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk), Advanced Single Axis Solar Tracking System for Enhanced Energy Generation, Dr. Michael Seek, $25,000
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (South Boston), Advancing Commercialization in Virginia of Southern Yellow Pine Cross-Laminated Timbers Through Materials and Process Testing, Mr. David Kenealy, $78,724
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Foundation (Abingdon), Novel Lyme Disease Vaccine for Wildlife and Other Mammals, Mr. Ed Rogers, $86,883
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville), Efficient Programming for Automata Processors, Dr. Kevin Skadron, $100,000
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville), Integration of Nano-Structured Oxides as Energy Generating Thermal Barrier Coatings, Dr. Patrick Hopkins, $100,000
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville), A pH-Resistant Nanoparticle Platform for Oral Delivery of Insulin, Dr. Mark Kester, $100,000

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