Announcing the 2015 Illinois Proof-of-Concept Program Award Recipients
The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is proud to announce the 2015 awardees of the Illinois Proof-of-Concept Funding Program (I-POC). I-POC funds development projects that will help demonstrate an innovation's viability to potential investors and partners.
2015 I-POC Award Recipients:
This year’s I-POC award recipients were selected from a stellar pool of applicants from colleges and units across campus. The seven recipients research ranges from biological engineering and chemistry to social work and industrial design.
Beckman Institute for Advanced Technology
Next Gen Molecular Pathology
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Engineered Tissue Systems
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Novel Antibiotics for Drug-Resistant Pathogens
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
A Genetic Marker System to Reduce Variation in Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance
College of Fine and Applied Arts
AmpliMy: a Wheelchair Voice Amplifier
College of Education
IEP Quality: a Web-based Individualized Education Program Tutorial and Decision-making Support System
School of Social Work
A Peer Support Mobile Application for Friends of Emerging Adults with Alcohol Problems
Recipients were selected based on their innovation's potential for impact, both commercially and technologically. The highly-competitive selection process required candidates to submit a pre-proposal, and if invited, a full proposal, which was evaluated by a multidisciplinary group of researchers, industry professionals, and investors.
The I-POC Fund is made possible by contributions from colleges and units across campus and matching funds from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
Proof-of-Concept Funding Works
Previous proof-of-concept projects at the University have helped enable:
- 9 start-up companies
- $49 million raised in venture and angel funding, including a $45 million investment from Third Rock Ventures in the launch of Revolution Medicines
- More than $1.3 million in additional government funding support
Please visit the Office of Technology Management's website for more information on the Illinois Proof-of-Concept Funding Program, or contact Nicole Nair at firstname.lastname@example.org.