KYNETIC Funds 9 Proof of Concept Projects Across Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Network for Innovation and Commercialization (KYNETIC) funded nine proof-of-concept projects in Round 5 of the Early Stage Commercialization Grants.

KYNETIC is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Center for Research Assessment and Commercialization (REACH) and part of the NIH National Proof-of-Concept Network.

Grants are awarded to Kentucky faculty, staff, and student teams for innovative new products with the potential to impact human health. All types of products (therapeutics, preventives, devices, tests, software) for any disease/health care-related field are eligible.

The KYNETIC program is led by the University of Kentucky (UK), the University of Louisville (UofL), the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Commercialization Ventures. Linda Dwoskin (Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Special Projects) is Principal Investigator and Ian McClure (Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact, and Executive Director of UK Innovate) is Co-Researcher on the KYNETIC grant awarded in the UK.

KYNETIC distributed $325,000 in Round 5 and winners included:

  • Andrea Behrman (UofL), Pediatric Neurorecovery Posture Control System
  • Levi Beverly (UofL), Novel copper complexes as selective cancer therapeutics
  • Daniel Boamah (Western Kentucky University), Developing a Shared Mixed/Virtual Reality Platform to Increase Awareness of Implicit Biases in Child Welfare Decision-Making: A Public Health Crisis
  • Lindsay Cormier (Eastern Kentucky University), Novel Compounds for the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Monitoring of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
  • Mark Fritz (UK), flexible suction coagulator for endoscopic surgeries
  • R. Kip Guy (UK), Development of Novel VMAT2 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorders
  • Jill Kolesar (UK), human monocyte vesicles engineered for personalized cancer therapy
  • Stuart Williams (UofL), Vertify Probe: intraoperative device for measuring bone quality
  • Mahdi Yazdanpour (Northern Kentucky University), mind-controlled prosthetic arm

KYNETIC Cycle 6 pre-applications are due July 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST. KYNETIC Project Managers are available for consultation prior to submitting your pre-application and throughout the application process.

All public colleges in Kentucky are eligible. Applications are first evaluated by an internal advisory committee made up of Kentucky higher education administrators. Finalists are reviewed by an external review committee comprised of industry leaders and subject matter experts, who then make award recommendations to the NIH for final approval.

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