Monday, December 14, 2009

Discoveries at NJIT Including Drug To Stop Brain Injury Receives $1.4M Funding

5 early stage companies at NJIT's business incubator receive funding

A drug to stop bleeding during a brain injury and a mattress that will prevent bedsores are among the scientific discoveries at NJIT that received earlier this week more than a million dollars in funding from the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. The discoveries are the work of five early stage companies based at NJIT's Enterprise Development Center (EDC), the state's oldest business incubator program.

EDC, which is home to 95 new companies, received a $300,000 grant from the Commission, the largest award given to any organization of this kind in New Jersey. The money will go toward maintaining and supplementing EDC's unique specialized training initiatives and other programs made available to tenant companies on a weekly basis.

NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center (EDC)"We will receive this year a total of almost $1.4 million from the Commission to strengthen both our most promising companies as well as our actual programs which help companies succeed," said Judith Sheft, associate vice president, technology development.

"Support from the Commission to these early stage companies in a variety of technology disciplines will help them accelerate their path to success and ultimately add to job growth in the state.
A recent study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that newly created and young companies such as these are the primary drivers of job creation in the United States. "

The following five companies received awards from the Commission.

Edge Therapeutics Inc., a recipient of $500,000, has three drugs to treat serious types of brain injury. The drugs are based on a patent-pending drug delivery platform technology that provides for targeted, site specific delivery to the brain of FDA-approved off-patent drugs.

Phoenix Labs, LLC, a recipient of $250,000, has developed and validated a patent-pending algorithm for precision-timing synchronization. Precision-timing synchronization is essential for the evolution of 3G and 4G wireless networks that will account for the most substantial growth in telecommunications industry revenue over the next decade.

Simphotek, Inc, a recipient of $250,000, is developing simulation software for biomedical, nanotechnology, renewable energy and photonic materials markets.

Healthy Functions received a $50,000 fellowship for the development of a mechanical pressure reduction mattress. This mattress will prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores on bedridden, comatose, paraplegic, and other patients who are neuro-muscularly disabled.

AcquiSci Inc received $21,936 fellowship to develop a systemic anti-inflammatory treatment of cardiovascular diseases with underlying inflammation. ###

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, at the edge in knowledge, enrolls more than 8,400 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 92 degree programs offered by six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. NJIT is renowned for expertise in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. In 2009, Princeton Review named NJIT among the nation's top 25 campuses for technology and among the top 150 for best value. U.S. News & World Report's 2010 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities.

Contact: Sheryl Weinstein 973-596-3436 New Jersey Institute of Technology

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