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Technology Tri-Corridor Competition Narrowed to 53 Finalists for $24 Million Funding

Monday, June 07, 2004

Paul Krepps, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Awards to Spur High-Technology Research, Commercialization

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has narrowed the field of competitors to 53 from 131 in the running for a share of $24 million in funding from the Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor this year. The funds are made available to spur research, commercialization and job creation in the life sciences, advanced automotive manufacturing and homeland security industry sectors.

"Michigan has an incredible legacy as the cradle of research and innovation," Granholm said. "Technology Tri-Corridor funding helps fuel our innate entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging the commercialization of the great ideas hatched here. The quality and volume of the proposals is indicative of the wealth of talent that Michigan has to offer."

The announcement was made as the MEDC represents Michigan at the BIO 2004 World Conference in San Francisco. BIO is the largest gathering of biosciences professionals in the world, with more than 16,000 attending. The MEDC is hosting a pavilion with more than 25 Michigan partners from the public and private sectors to promote the state's biosciences industry and the life sciences component of the Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor.

In her 2004 State of the State address, Governor Granholm announced a focused, seven-point plan for economic growth. The Technology Tri-Corridor is one element of the plan, targeting job creation in the three high-growth, high-opportunity industry sectors.

Professionals from the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), the world's largest association of scientists and engineers, reviewed the original 131 proposals, narrowing the field to 53. The finalists are now participating in formal interviews which will serve as the basis for funding recommendations to the Tri-Corridor Steering Committee. The awards are expected to be announced in late June.

Proposals were submitted by universities, nonprofit and private research facilities, companies and individuals. More than half of the 53 finalists are working in homeland security or developing technology with anti-terrorism applications.

"Michigan's trademark is entrepreneurial talent and technical savvy," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "By nurturing research and commercialization through the Technology Tri-Corridor, Michigan will continue to set the pace of technological innovation for the global economy of the 21st century."

The Technology Tri-Corridor is built on the successful model of the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor. Between 2000 and 2003, the Life Sciences Corridor Fund allocated $175 million through 96 awards. As a result of the initiative, Michigan's life sciences industry is ranked among the fastest growing in the nation.

Further information on the Technology Tri-Corridor is available on the MEDC's Web site at www.medc.michigan.org/ttc.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

Attached: Complete list of finalist applicants and proposal briefs.



Project Title 


Wayne State University

Glucuronide prodrugs for prostate cancer targeting platelet-type arachidonate 12-lipoxygenaseWayne

Michigan State University

A broadbased chemistry platform for new biomaterials, therapeutics, sensors and diagnosticsIngham
Wayne State University MichiganVision Research InstituteWayne
Michigan State UniversityMichigan Consortium for Functional Brain ImagingIngham
Wayne State UniversityCombating the paternal impact of toxicological waste on the next generation of MichigandersWayne
Michigan High Throughput Screening CenterEstablishment of a center to provide high throughput screening for bioscience commercialization  Kalamazoo
Michigan State UniversityFunctional and Nanostructured Biomimetic InterfacesIngham
University of MichiganCenter for Advance Biomedical Imaging Technology Washtenaw
Michigan State UniversityTelescoping Organometallic Reactions: A New Approach to New Building Blocks for Drug Discovery 


Aureogen Biosciences Inc. Generation of novel drugs through genetic engineering of cyclic peptide producing organisms. Kalamazoo
Quantum Signal, LLCSpeech & Face Analysis Feedback as an Aid to Enhanced Communication Washtenaw
Van Andel Research Institute"RenoChip" - A novel tool for diagnosis, prognosis and drug response prediction in Kidney Cancer  Kent
Wayne State UniversitySequence-based Bacterial Source TrackingWayne
Van Andel Research InstituteDevelopment of novel agents for nuclear imaging and therapy of Met-expressing human tumorsKent
Foote HospitalApplying TeleHealth to Reduce Chronic Disease Cost in MichiganJackson
Proteos, Inc.Developing novel insect cell lines for use in the baculovirus expression vector system Kalamazoo
Fraunhofer USACarbon based coatings for the protection of medical implants from wear and corrosion Ingham
Wayne State UniversityData Sensing, Transmission, and Visualization for Advanced Computer Assisted SurgeryWayne
Michigan State University Modified polysaccharides for drug deliveryIngham
Washtenaw Development CouncilAnn Arbor/Ypsilanti Area Bio Lab EnablerWashtenaw
Arbor Partners, LLC Arbor Venture Partners IIIWashtenaw
Ann Arbor AngelsAnn Arbor AngelsWashtenaw
Biotechnology Business Consultants, LLC Tri-Technology Commercialization Consulting ServicesWashtenaw
MBI InternationalMBI Green Gazelle Development ProgramIngham
NexusTech VenturesTIPAMS Intellectual Property Asset Management ServicesWayne
Global Enterprise for Water TechnologyTechnology Assessment Infrastructure for Homeland Security: Drinking WaterKent
AMES Award LLCAMES Award Public Relations Program (AAPRP)Oakland
Dante Design Associates, Inc.MI Manufacturing Conduit: Linking MI Manufactures in Product Design to Drive Innovation & Cut CostKalamazoo
Michigan Tech UniversityMulti-University Technological and Expertise Assets Management for Enterprise Development - U-TEAMED Houghton
Kettering UniversityFuel Cell Commercialization Incubator at Kettering UniversityGenesee
Michigan Tech Enterprise Corp.SmartZone Assistance Program for EntrepreneursHoughton
TechTown - Wayne State University RTPAngel Network at TechTownWayne
University of Michigan MichiganGrowth Capital Symposium - Venture Capital ConferenceIngham
Michigan State UniversityMTTC Technology Transfer Service: Automotive Plastic Reclaim Based on HydrocyclonesWashtenaw
Vertare LLCAdvanced Manufacturing Business Process Management to Improve Productivity Oakland
TECT, Inc.Advanced Diesel Exhaust Emissions Control Products - Commercialization Program Jackson
Sonetics Ultrasound, Inc.Commercialization of a user-friendly, real-time 3D, handheld ultrasound unit for emergency medicine Washtenaw
polytorxHelix - The Most Advanced Way to Reinforce ConcreteWashtenaw
SenSound, LLCAdvanced Nearfield Acoustical Holography SoftwareWayne
SB TechCommercialization of Light Weight High Performance Brakes for Passenger Cars Houghton
Hot Metal Gas Forming, Inc.Hot Metal Gas Forming Production Verification Program (PVP)Kent
TAL Materials Inc.A Nanotechnology Route to Advanced Optical Materials and DevicesWashtenaw
EnCelSelf-Contained Miniature Power SourceWashtenaw
SensiGen CorporationDetection of kidney disorders in diabetes, lupus, hypertension and glomerular disordersWashtenaw
American Systems Technology Inc.Engine Oil Monitor System Product CommercializationOakland
Pixel Velocity, Inc. 3-D Facial Biometric Verification System Project Washtenaw
Delphi Technologies Inc.Advanced Spaceframe ManufacturingOakland
NephRx CorporationDevelopment of treatment for acute renal failure through orphan drug process Kalamazoo
Sensicore, Inc.Multi Sensor Lab-On-Chip Manufacturing ImplementationWashtenaw
Picometrix Inc.Terahertz Imagers to Detect Concealed Explosives, Chemicals, and Conventional WeaponsWashtenaw
Solidica, Inc.Support Materials for Ultrasonic Rapid PrototypingWashtenaw
Komodo Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.Southwest Michigan First-Komodo Pharmaceutical Services joint venture Oakland
TranslumeGlass microfoundryWasthenaw