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MU signs $5 million agreement with Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program
Date:6/21/2011

in the MU School of Medicine; and Chris Fender, director of the MU Office of Technology Management and Industrial Relations, led the MU effort for this nationwide competition. The board will consist of Tan, Caldwell, Fender, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.

"This program creates a framework and culture that requires physicians, scientists, and intellectual property and commercialization specialists to work together in multidisciplinary teams to take discoveries in biomedicine and transform them into viable, commercial products that address unmet clinical needs," said Caldwell, who also is the CRC Missouri Chair in Cancer Research at MU. "We truly have an enormous amount of biomedical research and intellectual property across this campus, and the Coulter award will take us much closer to developing a system for moving our research quickly into clinical practice."

Interdisciplinary efforts to take new technologies to the marketplace are numerous at MU, said Rob Duncan, vice chancellor for research. One example is the BioDesign Program, which has led to the collaboration of post-graduate fellows in medicine, engineering and business to develop and market products that are helpful for doctors. So far, the program has resulted in eight patents for new devices.

Earlier, John Viator, an associate professor of biological engineering, and two other biological engineering faculty researchers received Coulter Translational Research Awards in Biomedical Engineering. As part of his grant, Viator was provided with services that helped him take the next steps to commercializing his research. As a result, Viator has been notified that he will be granted a patent soon based on his technology that can "hear" cancer cells in the bloodstream with a laser. Currently, MU officials are working with Viator to commercialize the technology.

"These awards are very important in helping scientists understand the commercialization process," Viator said
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Contact: Mary Jo Banken
BankenM@missouri.edu
573-882-6212
University of Missouri-Columbia
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