Idaho industries, universities partner to win IGEM grants

May 21, 2013 

The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council will award five grants to the University of Idaho and one each to Boise State University and Idaho State University, the council announced Tuesday.

The council received 18 applications for IGEM Innovation Grants and heard presentations from the finalists on Friday. Grants range from about $46,000 to $250,000, and $105,907 in remaining funds will be transferred to the Idaho Commerce Business and Jobs Development Fund to support infrastructure-related needs for job creation projects in Idaho.

Here are the seven projects chosen for funding, including short descriptions, the companies that are partnering with the universities for the research and the dollar amounts of the grants:

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Preparation and Pre-clinical Testing of DNA-Modifying Anticancer Agents, investigating potential anticancer agents that are expected to have advantages over compounds currently in clinical use; partner Gem Pharmaceuticals; $80,986.

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Nanofabrication Infrastructure Support to build infrastructure for local and regional technology businesses; partners TriboTEX and Campbell Scientific; $250,000.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation “Bio-Concrete,” to determine commercial viability of using an emerging green technology dubbed “bio-cement” to strengthen soils around existing structures; partners Avista and URS; $114,864

Commercializing Aquatic Animal Health Products, aimed at reducing fish loss in aquaculture facilities through vaccine and feed additives; partner Aquatic Life Sciences, Inc.; $124,021

Pesticide Application Technology, to develop new spraying system to increase efficiency of pesticide applications; partner GenZ Technology; $46,146

High Speed Digital Package Measurement and Modeling for Next Generation Memory Modules, to enable rapid development of high speed memory products and packages; partner Micron Technology, Inc.; $150,000.

Determine Viability of Automated Quantitative Detection of E. coli O157:H7 at a Beef Processing Facility, to rapidly screen for bacteria and use unique software to recognize and confirm bacterial colony growth; partners Agri Beef Co. and IntelliScience Corp.; $78,076

Universities will be able to apply for a second round of 2013 IGEM grants in mid-September 2013.

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