Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego funds commercialization of lung, shock, other devices

San Diego, CA, January 10, 2005 -- The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has awarded more than $300,000 to eight projects led by faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering. The technologies under development range from a non-invasive, handheld device to measure deep-lung gases that could save lives, and photodetectors based on nanowire technology to make better digital cameras, to a new type of 'amorphous steel' that could be used in everything from tennis rackets and armored vehicles to biomedical implants. (Details below)

"For the very first time, each one of the five engineering departments of the Jacobs School is represented among the innovative projects selected in a single round of funding," said Steve Halpern, managing director of the von Liebig Center. "All of the projects demonstrated great promise, and while we are only able to make eight cash awards at this time, the Center will continue to work with all of the applicants to develop commercialization strategies for their technologies, and if possible, help them secure other types of funding for their projects."

This is the sixth round of funding since the Center was set up in 2001 to foster entrepreneurism education and to provide funding and advisory services to internal technology projects that have strong commercial potential. Including this round, the von Liebig Center has awarded a total of nearly $1.8 million to 39 projects led by Jacobs School faculty.

Once again, the Center received a large number of competitive applications in response to its latest solicitation. All of these applicants went through a rigorous screening process, which included reviews by an external committee of industry experts. Of the eight new grants, two each went to researchers in the Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Structural Engineering departments. One award each went to fa

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University of California - San Diego

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