Virginia Tech among collaborators in project funded by ‘Catalyst Awards’

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) —Virginia Tech was named a collaborator in several projects recently awarded grants from the non-profit corporation Virginia Catalyst.

According to a statement from Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.), the six grant-funded projects awarded funding of more than $3 million must meet several goals, including to “improve human health and create high-value jobs.”

“Virginia Catalyst is driving this progress, strengthening scientific collaboration and enabling the Commonwealth to compete on a national scale,” Northam said. “Virginia has deployed $70 million in grants that leveraged another $650 million in follow-on funding to accelerate science and technology-based research, development, and commercialization.”

CytoRecovery, Inc., based in Blacksburg, with Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia named as collaborators, was awarded $400,000 for the project focusing on “Microsystem for label-free separation and recovery of tumor-associated cells from biopsies for precision medicine,” according to the governor’s statement.

Other projects in which Virginia Tech was named a collaborator include:

  • “Commercializing a novel treatment for metastatic cancers,” with InterLeukin Combinatorial Therapies, Inc., and the University of Virginia as a collaborator, awarded $700,000;
  • “Design & Implement of green, enzymatic biofungicides for pre- & post-harvest crop protection” with Lytos Technologies, LLC and the University of Virginia as a collaborator, awarded $500,000; and
  • “Protein painting of PD-1/PD-L1 for the discovery of new immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of lung cancer and brain metastasis” with the University of Virginia as a collaborator, awarded $400,000.


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