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Purdue Veterinary Medicine Research supported by $44,656 from the Trask Innovation Fund

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Purdue Research Foundation Technology Commercialization Office awarded more than $143,000 from the Trask Innovation Fund to three projects, including one involving researchers from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Engineering. This project is led by Dr. Deborah Knapp, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Oncology and Director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, and Dr. Saeed Mohammadi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Working as co-principal investigators, the duo seek to develop a faster, non-invasive and inexpensive cancer screening technique.

The research involves creating a prototype that would detect bladder cancer in dogs from urine samples. Project leaders will distribute prototype devices to researchers at Purdue and elsewhere working on transitional cell carcinoma, or TCC, in dogs. If these trials prove successful, the long-term goal would be to detect bladder cancer and other diseases in humans as well. The innovation was licensed from the Office of Technology Commercialization to Molecular Diagnostics, a start-up company.

“Dr. Knapp is a world-renowned CBT researcher. She will help test CBT and control samples,” said Dr. Mohammadi. “We hope to improve the sensitivity and specificity of our technique so that it can be used to detect disease at an early stage and improve disease prognosis.If this can be established, there will be good potential for the application of such a simple and non-invasive technique for cancer screening in patients. ‘man.

The other two projects supported by the Trask Innovation Fund involve research within the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at the College of Agriculture. the Trask Innovation Fund was established in 1974 through a gift from Verne A. Trask in memory of his wife, Ramoth Trask. The purpose of the Trask Innovation Fund is to support short-term projects that will enhance the commercial value of Purdue University’s intellectual property assets. The fund is a competitive program offered to Purdue innovators to finance the activity in Purdue laboratories of innovators. Over $2.6 million has been donated to 69 technologies over the past 10 years.

Click here for more information on the latest round of funding.

Hailee Rolofson, PVM Communications Intern | [email protected]