CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund Awardees – Fall 2021

Fall 2021

This fall, seven teams competing in life sciences and engineering received a full $50,000 award and two teams a $10,000 customer discovery support award. Learn more about them and the vital work they are doing below.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Tatiana Sadak
Innovation Managers
  • Laura Dorsey
Team Members
  • Emily Ishado
  • Soo Borson
  • Sarah McKiddy
  • Melinda Schultz
  • Bill Lober

DPEN is a partnership with the UW School of Nursing that is developing a Dementia Electronic Module (DeM) that contains assessments, decision support, and care tools for dementia, which will accelerate the training of dementia-competent nursing students and support the integration of dementia-specific competencies for nurses across a variety of care settings.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Gregory Valentine
Innovation Managers
  • Jennifer McCullar
Team Members
  • Krystle Perez
  • Elena Bosque
  • Sienna Rice
Adam Arabian
Mentors
  • Adam Arabian

Detect IV’s affordable and accessible peripheral intravenous (IV) infiltration detection skin patch monitors, detects, and alerts when an IV infiltration event occurs in newborns to prevent serious injury and even death.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Eric Seibel
Innovation Managers
  • Lisa Norton
Team Members
  • Matt Carson
  • Cathy Olivo
  • Lucas Meza
  • Adam Templeton
Mentors
  • Jaron Nix

FlexCut is a new tissue biopsy device utilizing foldout blades capable of precisely sampling tissue from small ducts reducing inconclusive results and unneeded surgeries common with current biopsy devices.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Christopher Sims
Innovation Managers
  • Roi Eisenkot
Team Members
  • Ming Yao
  • Yuli Wang
  • Nancy Allbritton
Mentors
  • Gregory Qushair

Piccolo is a novel microfabricated device for measuring the biochemical activity of key lipid pathways in living cells to enable robust, reliable, high-throughput and fully automated screening for developing new therapeutics treating a wide range of diseases including cancers, autoimmune disorders and viral infections.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Laligam Sekhar
Innovation Managers
  • Jennifer McCullar
Team Members
  • Varadaraya Shenoy
  • Ramulu Mamidala
  • Garrett Kelly
  • Paranjothy Karunaharan
Mentors
  • Brian Bruckner

The Internal Jugular Vein Flow Enhancement Device (IJ-FED) is a medical device to be worn around the neck to non-invasively reduce elevated intracranial pressure and achieve better outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury patients.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Alex Gagnon
Innovation Managers
  • Laura Dorsey
Team Members
  • Julian Sachs
Mentors
  • Ben Bierman

OceanCarb is developing technology for massive scale, profitable direct carbon capture utilizing seawater and a unique chemical process for the rapidly growing carbon removal and offset market.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Sam Golden
Innovation Managers
  • Frieda Chan
Team Members
  • Eric Szelenyi
Mentors
  • Ken Graves

Platea is a biotechnology venture that applies its proprietary cognitive circuit mapping platform to deliver high-content predictions of new psychiatric drug action and efficacy before human testing, thereby greatly reducing the duration and costs incurred during Clinical Trials. Our first-to-market integration of single-cell brain mapping of cognition represents a significant advancement in psychiatric drug development.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Cody Schlenker
Innovation Managers
  • Forest Bohrer
Team Members
  • Sarah Pristash
Mentors
  • Babu Jain

Apex Solar has developed a novel coating that is applied to solar cells for producing up to 10% more power potential, providing a path to reduce price/Watt and shrink footprint by incurring only 1% production cost increase.

Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Dayong Gao
Innovation Managers
  • Forest Bohrer
Team Members
  • Shen Ren
  • Ruidong (Miles) Ma
  • Ziyuan Wang
Mentors
  • Mary Waiss

SMER is a fully-automated single-mode electromagnetic resonance rewarming system for large-scale cryopreserved biomaterials ranging from sensitive cell suspension used in the next generation of immunotherapies to whole organs for transplantation.

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