“These award recipients are advancing a number of new technologies, such as therapeutics, including those for infectious disease; unmanned systems for agriculture, utilities and smart buildings; and increased cybersecurity for the healthcare industry,” Albrigo said.
Governor Northam Announces $2.48 Million to Support New Research Commercialization in Emerging Technology Sectors
Small technology-based businesses to receive funds for projects in clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems
Press release & list of award recipients here | https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/june/headline-858245-en.html
RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced 26 small technology-based businesses and four universities will receive incentive grants to commercialize their research in clean energy, cybersecurity, data analytics, life sciences, and unmanned systems. The new Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) grants award $2.48 million in funding and leverage more than $13 million in matching investments to drive progress in emerging technologies.
“These entrepreneurs and innovators are on the front lines of bringing new products and technologies to market, while driving job creation and supporting Virginia’s economic recovery efforts,” said Governor Northam. “I am pleased that the Commonwealth is able to support these growing companies as they develop high-potential solutions in emerging industries and build businesses from research started right here in Virginia.”
Administered by Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), CRCF invests in priority research and commercialization activities through the private sector, academia, and nonprofit research institutes. The fund accelerates innovation and economic growth in Virginia by advancing solutions to important state, national, and international challenges through technology research, development, and commercialization. Since it began in 2011, CRCF has awarded more than $30 million to help launch nearly 380 early-stage technology projects in strategically important industries.
RVA's best startups, innovators and stakeholders of 2020
While we’re only halfway through 2020, the tech and innovation ecosystem has provided no shortage of startups and entrepreneurs deserving of Richmond Inno’s highest accolade.
Success story for the Commonwealth of Virginia, our Ecosystem Partner 757 Angels and the Center for Innovative Technology
Seed funding sources for Embody included both CIT GAP Funds & Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF)
"Designed and manufactured on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Mobile Sentinel is a commercialized version of an earlier technology, originally developed for NASA and still in use. With a grant from the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) in 2019, SRS developed this new system. SRS looks to grow its market share in the autonomous security industry while creating valuable career opportunities required for rapid production/distribution."
ReAlta Life Sciences Closes $14 Million Series A2 Financing to Support Transition into a Clinical Organization
Proceeds to Fund Advancement of Programs Addressing Acute Lung Injury Due to COVID-19 and Severe Birth Asphyxia (HIE)
April 21, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ReAlta Life Sciences, Inc., today announced that it has successfully closed an oversubscribed Series A2 financing of $14 million, bringing the total Series A financing to $26 million. The financings were led by Children’s Research Holdings and Marathon Pharma, as well as additional undisclosed investors. ReAlta Life Sciences is a biotech company dedicated to harnessing the power of the immune system through its PIC1 technology platform to address life-threatening medical needs.
DAILY PROGRESS PHOTO/ANDREW SHURTLEFF Dr. Casey Kerrigan, founder of Oesh shoes, has developed a flexible 3D printed respirator mask that can be re-used indefinitely with different filter material. Oesh is working with neighboring company Luna to begin production and start manufacturing face masks in multiple sizes first for area EMS first responders. Once that need is met, they will move on to meeting the needs of other health care workers in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region.
A Charlottesville shoe-making company is switching its focus from feet to the face in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Owners of OESH Shoes - (CIT CRCF Award Recipient) - are taking their expertise in 3-D printing & using them to print durable, reusable respirator face masks for emergency responders.
Story and video here: https://www.nbc29.com/2020/04/01/charlottesville-shoe-company-uses-d-printers-develop-respirator-masks-first-responders/
CIT CRCF awardee | In the News | ReAlta Life Sciences Announces FDA Orphan Drug Designation for PIC1 for the Treatment of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
CRCF FY19 Award Recipient, JKM Technologies, Featured on NPR Segment
This fall, NPR's "How I Built This with Guy Raz" featured CRCF FY19 awardee, Dr. Casey Kerrigan, and her unique approach to making shoes using 3D printing.
Congratulations Elaine Horn-Ranney on the long-awaited docu-series about your research project aboard the International Space Station! It was filmed by NASA over the course of two years and highlights Tympanogen work and the work of other investigators.
Tympanogen | CRCF award recipient | CIT GAP Virginia Founders Fund (VFF) Portfolio Company | Based in Richmond, Virginia
CIT Press 2020