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Hopkins professors receive grants to commercialize research

Johns Hopkins University opened FastForward in 2017. (The Daly Record / Maximilian Franz)

Johns Hopkins University opened FastForward in 2017. (The Daly Record / Maximilian Franz)

Four Johns Hopkins professors received grants through a fund created to help faculty put their research on a path to commercialization.

The professors received grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from the Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund.

The fund allows $300,000 to be awarded annually. This was the fund’s first year awarding grants, and 17 applications were received.

“We were pleased with the diverse set of technologies represented among the applicants and awardees, from solar cells to surgical tools to cancer therapies,” Nina Urban, associate director of FastForward, said in a statement. “This represents the breadth and depth of Hopkins innovation.”

FastForward is the startup arm of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures.

The four professors receiving grants were:

  • Susanna Thon, a professor in the Whiting School of Engineering, for her research that could make solar energy cheaper by creating the next generation of solar cells;
  • Edward James Wright III, chief of urology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, for the creation of a medical device that can repair a urethral stricture — scar tissue that narrows the urethra — without invasive surgery;
  • Warren Grayson, a professor in the department of biomedical engineering, for research that would use stem cells to help regenerate bone tissue, a new way to repair facial bone loss from cancer or congenital disorders; and
  • Tian-Li Wang, a professor of pathology, oncology and gynecology/obstetrics, for research into a molecule that could help treat strains of ovarian cancer resistant to chemotherapy.

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