New Treatments for Breast Cancer and Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads Among 12 New Technologies Getting a Boost from the LSU Board of Supervisors

BATON ROUGE – Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads, new breast cancer treatments and oyster-flavored powder are just a few of the 12 innovations the LSU Board of Supervisors recently selected to support through its innovation and technology transfer grant.

Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer, or LIFT2, grants funded 12 LSU research projects in this eighth round of funding, which totals $521,202. Since 2014, 108 research projects have received funding. More than $4 million in support has been awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors through this competitive grant to researchers across all of LSU’s campuses.

“Now with more than 100 inventions awarded through this valuable program, we’ve begun to see momentum that will spark even more discoveries. LIFT2 is one of the many ways LSU helps sustain a healthy economic ecosystem in Louisiana,” said Arthur Cooper, CEO of the LSU Research & Technology Foundation, which administers the LIFT2 grant application process.

LSU Department of Biological Sciences Professor Naohiro Kato was awarded a $49,500 grant to further develop and prototype biodegradable Mardi Gras beads made from algae. Kato’s invention could offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic Mardi Gras beads that have clogged drainage systems in New Orleans and end up in landfills throughout the state.

Shengli Dong, a postdoctoral researcher at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, received a $50,000 grant for his work on treating a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer. By manipulating a protein found in triple negative breast cancer cells called Mcl-1, Dong and his team are able to kill the cells and prevent cancer from spreading. With the help of the LIFT2 grant, his team will study how this method could be used to improve existing breast cancer medications.

The LSU LIFT2 fund helps academic researchers advance their technologies and innovations from the lab to the marketplace. By providing a bridge over the critical gap between basic research and commercialization, the LSU LIFT2 fund awards grants to faculty on a competitive basis twice a year, in amounts up to $50,000, to develop market-facing prototypes and validate the market potential of their inventions.

“The intellectual capital LSU brings to the state and the world is starting to be recognized. Through the continuity of programs like LIFT2, we are garnering national recognition for our innovation in Louisiana,” said Andrew Maas, LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization director.

Innovations include creative and artistic works as well as devices, drugs, software and other more traditional inventions; thus, personnel from all disciplines on all LSU campuses are strongly encouraged to consider an application to further develop an invention which has been previously disclosed to their campus technology transfer office.

The 2018 LIFT2 fund supports the following 12 new technologies:
  • Smart Drilling Fluids with Chemically Modified Cellulose Nanomaterials by Qinglin Wu, LSU AgCenter
  • Production of High Quality Purified Oyster Flavor Powder for Commercial Evaluation by Subramaniam Sathivel, LSU AgCenter
  • DNA Vaccine Testing and Delivery by Richard Cooper, LSU AgCenter
  • Renal Denervation in Conjunction with Cell Based Therapy to Treat Myocardial Injury by Traci Goodchild, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
  • Targeting Mcl-1 by a Small Molecule for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Therapy by Shengli Dong, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
  • Production of Bioplastic Mardi Gras Beads and Nutraceuticals with Micoalgae by Naohiro Kato, LSU Department of Biological Sciences
  • Development of a Polyphenol Coated Balloon for Peripheral Artery Disease by Tammy Dugas, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, and Cristina Sabliov, LSU Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Real-time Dental Imaging without Ionizing Radiation by Jian Xu, LSU Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Precision Tissue Microdissection using Deep Ultraviolet Laser Ablation by Kermit Murray, LSU Department of Chemistry
  • Modular Electrochemical Reactor-Separator for Upgrading Methane to Higher Order Carbons and Simultaneous Production of Hydrogen by Christopher Arges, LSU Department of Chemical Engineering
  • High Performance and Recyclable Thermoset Ink for 3D or 4D Printing by Ang Li, LSU Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • “Stentsol” – Biodegradable, Stem-Cell Infused Hepatobiliary Stents by Moheb Boktor, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport 




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