Awardees

2018

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Jeffrey Bender, M.D.
Robert I. Levy Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Immunobiology

Innovation: Novel Oligonucleotide Strategy to Specifically Inhibit IL-17A Gene Expression shows In Vivo Activity in Animal Model of Multiple Sclerosis. (Development Grant winner)

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Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Innovation: RIG-I agonists as next-gen immunotherapies. (Development Grant winner)

Team: Akiko Iwasaki/Anna Pyle

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Anna Pyle, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry; Director, Division of Biological Sciences

Innovation: RIG-I agonists as next-gen immunotherapies. (Development Grant winner)

Team: Anna Pyle/Akiko Iwasaki

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Aaron Ring, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunobiology

Innovation: Engineered IL-18 immunotherapy: An untapped cytokine pathway. (Development Grant winner)

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Alanna Schepartz, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Chemistry

Innovation: Cell permeable miniature proteins: demonstrated platform superiority against third party platforms. (Development Grant winner)

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Paul Turner, Ph.D.
Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

InnovationPhage therapy increases effectiveness of antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. (Development Grant winner)

 

2017

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Anton Bennett, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and of Comparative Medicine; Co-Director, Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism; Director, BBS Minority Affairs

Innovation: Developing a chemical drug design platform to establish rich intellectual property for a first-in-class therapeutic for the treatment of fibrosis which accounts for nearly 45% of all deaths in the developed world. (Development Grant winner)

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Elliott Brown, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Innovation: A novel bone marrow aspiration device that limits blood contamination and maximizes stem cell recovery while also increasing the area of bone sampled 45-fold compared to current devices. (Pilot Grant winner)

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Michael Giradri, M.D.
Professor, Vice Chair, and Program Director for the Department of Dermatology

Innovation: A multi-functional bioadhesive nanoparticle platform that has the potential to revolutionize the suncare industry. (Pilot Grant winner)

Team: Michael Girardi/W. Mark Saltzman

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Andrew Miranker, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

Innovation: Advancing a small molecule that is water soluble, non-toxic and crosses the plasma membrane and can work in conjunction with existing diabetes drugs to improve long-term b-cell health. (Pilot Grant winner)

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Anna Marie Pyle, Ph.D.
William Edward Gilbert Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry; Director, Division of Biological Sciences

Innovation: Developing a proprietary class of molecules to be used as tumor vaccines. (Pilot Grant winner)

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W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D.
Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering & Physiology

Innovation: A multi-functional bioadhesive nanoparticle platform that has the potential to revolutionize the suncare industry. (Pilot Grant winner)

Team: W. Mark Saltzman/Michael Girardi

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Alanna Schepartz., Ph.D.
Milton Harris ‘29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry & Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Innovation: A robust technology for trafficking diverse protein materials into the cytosol and nucleus with high efficiency and intact form to deliver personalized therapeutics. (Development Grant winner)

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Stephen Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D.
Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair; Director, Memory Disorders Clinic; Director, Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Innovation: Developing select inhibitors to slow, halt or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. (Development Grant winner)

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Andrew Xiao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Genetics

Innovation: Developing therapeutics around a novel epigenetic mechanism aimed at end-stage tumors that are resistant to standard therapies. (Development Grant winner)

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