Penn State researchers among first Life Science Greenhouse grantees

April 29, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- Three researchers at Penn State's University Park campus and four at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine were among the recipients of Technology Development Fund awards announced April 29 by the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA).

LSGPA is one of three regional Greenhouses established within the Commonwealth, all part of a $2 billion investment made by the state to ensure that Pennsylvania emerges as a national leader in biotechnology.

Fourteen life science researchers working in the central Pennsylvania region received the awards, which totaled more than $1.37 million. The awards range in value from $71,000 to $100,000 and are intended to advance cutting edge research in the life sciences from the conceptual stage to the commercial arena.

According to LSGPA, the awards are the first of dozens expected to be granted biannually. Over the next four years, the organization intends to devote an additional $7 million to the advancement of life sciences technologies through the Technology Development Fund.

The Technology Development Fund recipients and their projects are:

University Park

--Dr. Nadine Barrie Smith, assistant professor of bioengineering, "Smart" Noninvasive Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Delivery System for Management of Diabetes;"
--Dr. Mary Frecker, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, "Multifunctional Compliant Mechanisms for a new Class of Ophthalmologic Instruments;"
--Dr. Clive Randall, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Dielectric Studies, "Microsystems for Cell Manipulation;"

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine

--Dr. Gary A. Clawson, director of the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Institute and professor of pathology and biochemistry and molecular biology, "Nanomechanical Biosensor Chips for RNA Detection;"
--Dr. Charles Palmer, professor of pediatrics, "Neonatal Application of the Naso Oral Respiratory Interface (NORI) System;"
--Dr. Teresa L. Wood, associate professor of neuroscience and anatomy, and Alan Hochberg of Prosanos Corp., "Merging Modeling and Empirical Approaches: Identification of IGF-1 Coordinated Signaling Pathways;"
--Dr. Jong K. Yun, assistant professor of pharmacology, "Sphingosine Kinase (SK) Inhibitors as Anti-Atherosclerotic Agents;"

In addition, Technology Development Fund awards went to the following companies and entrepreneurs with Penn State connections, including:

--Dr. Randy S. Haluck, of Verefi Technologies, a Penn State start up company, "Development of Novel Medical and Surgical Simulation Trainers." Haluck is assistant professor of surgery.
--Daniel Hayes of NanoHorizons, Inc., a Penn State start up company, "Exploring Second Generation Matrix-Less MALDI Mass Spectrometer, Materials, Designs and Manufacturing." Hayes is a Penn State graduate student.
--Dr. Vinayak Kini of Fluent Cardiovascular Solutions, Inc.,"Improved Thrombolysis in Deep Venous Occlusions." Kini is a recent Penn State graduate.
--Dr. Russell Scaduto of C&L Instruments, a Penn State start up company, "An Open-Top chamber System for Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy." Scaduto is associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology.
--Dr. Charles D. Smith of Apogee Biotechnology Corp., a Penn State start up company, "Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Compounds for the Treatment of AIDS." Smith is professor of pharmacology.

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