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Spring 2018 CoMotion Innovation Fund Winners Announced!

Written by CoMotion Staff / May 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2018 CoMotion Innovation Fund Winners!  We’re also excited to add that Population Health has partnered with CoMotion with the launch of their first ever Population Health Innovation Award. The award is jointly funded by the Population Health Initiative and CoMotion ($25,000 each) to fund a project that supports the vision of the Population Health Initiative and the CoMotion Innovation Fund.  The applicants for this funding go through CoMotion’s Innovation Fund process, and funding decisions are jointly made by the Population Health Initiative and CoMotion.

The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to provide up to $1 million per year for applied research. Our final review took place in early May, when a committee of CoMotion and WRF staff, senior executives, and local investors ranked projects by market opportunity and likelihood that Innovation Fund funding will influence the probability of the project making a social or commercial impact.  These winning teams are leading projects that have a high chance to make an impact but unlikely to get there without this critical funding which will help them achieve the level of development that should enable them to attract seed stage investment. CoMotion Innovation managers connect teams with CoMotion resources including intellectual property strategy development, marketing analyses, business and legal advice, pitch coaching, and access to mentors.

NDE Sensor

The Tricera (Next-generation protein therapeutics) team was led by Stephanie Berger working with CoMotion Innovation Manager Dennis Hanson and mentor Patrick Gray. They’ve created custom-designed peptides for targeted therapeutic applications  reducing the time and resources required in drug discovery efforts.

The NatureCollections team was led by Katie Davis, with support from mentor Patrick Gray and Innovation Manager Laura Dorsey. They’ve created an app that reconnects kids to outdoors and sparks their feelings of connections to nature. This team has also been awarded the first ever Population Health Innovation Award.

NDE Sensor Films‘ team, led by Ryan Toivola with mentor Toon Timmermans and Innovation Manager Forest Bohrer, have developed molecules that indicate heat exposure by changing color and flourescense, and can be incorporated into materials that can be used in aerospace composites and many other materials.

Ask A...
Vascular Monitoring Device
Reperfusion Injury Modifier

The “Ask A” team was led by KUOW Public Radio‘s Ross Reynolds with mentor Marie Gill and Innovation Manager Jennifer McCullar. The product will help businesses and organizations improve work group coordination and new employee orientation through empathy.

The Vascular Monitoring Device team was led by Shahram Aarabi, with support from mentor Kris Aalto and Innovation Manager Lisa Norton. Their technology saves lives in critically ill patients with the 1st automated non-invasive device to measure circulating blood volume.

The Reperfusion Injury Modifier team was led by Graham Nichol, with support from mentor Lucy Sannes and Innovation Manager Lisa Norton. Their technology reduces cell injury in patients who’ve had blood flow restored after loss of some or all blood flow to the heart. 

Holographic Focus
Global Water Labs
Immobilized Cell Bioreactors

The Holographic Focus team was led by Michael Baily, with support from mentor Brian Glaister and Innovation Manager Lisa Norton. They’ve developed a technology that uses non-invasive, real time image guided holographic beam shaping for the treatment of renal cancer.

The Global Water Labs team was led by Katya Cherukumilli with support from mentor Tom Malone. Their technology removes fluoride and arsenic, two naturally occurring groundwater contaminants, to provide affordable drinking water to multiple market segments.

Immobilized Cell Bioreactors team lead by Alshakim Nelson, with support from mentor Todd Smith with Innovation Manager Ryan Buckmaster. Their technology: 3D printed yeast-containing hydrogels that can continuously produce ethanol from glucose.