UC Grants to Help Take New Campus Technologies to Market

The initiative hopes to bridge the gap from research to commercialization in what is sometimes called in academia and industry as “the valley of death,” where researchers lack funding to build a prototype of a technology as well as an industry sponsor.

From UC Press:

A UCLA pilot project hopes to demonstrate the feasibility of a new technology to improve desalination of drainage water. The system is efficient enough to recover up to 95 percent of the water it processes and to even upgrade this water to drinkable quality. The design is also intended to allow mobile desalination units, making it practical to desalinate a number of neighboring agricultural drainage sites, or to supply water in localized or regional droughts.

“We’re working in order to solve a major problem in California agriculture,” said Yoram Cohen, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and leader of the project. “But if this technology is successful, it will also allow growers to use less water overall, and that will make more water available for urban centers.”

Cohen’s project was one of three at UCLA selected to receive funding from a new initiative, called the Proof of Concept grant program, launched by the UC Office of the President, to help some of the most promising new technologies developed at UC find a commercial market. The initiative hopes to bridge the gap from research to commercialization in what is sometimes called in academia and industry as “the valley of death,” where researchers lack funding to build a prototype of a technology as well as an industry sponsor.

The other UCLA winners are Chi On Chui for “In Vitro Diagnostic Sensors for Cardiovascular Disease” and Lei He for “Soft Error Mitigation for FPGA Based Systems…”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]
Listing of all awarded UC POC projects [web]
UC Proof of Concept Program [web]
Partial Listing of UCLA Startups [web]

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