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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 04 April 2005    
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EmTech Bio Awards Seed Grants to Emory University and Georgia Tech Scientists
EmTech Biotechnology Development, Inc., the biotech incubator jointly operated by Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, has announced its seed grant funding for 2005-2006. The seed grant program, supported by contributions from both institutions, funds one-year projects at Emory, Georgia Tech, or joint projects involving both. Emphasis is on research with the potential for tangible commercial applications.

Newly funded projects include the following:

Development of a small molecule drug against CXCR4 for the inhibition of cancer metastasis

Hyun Suk Shim, PhD
Assistant Professor, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Development of calpain inhibitors for treatment of peripheral neuropathy

Jonathan Glass, associate professor of neurology, Emory University School of Medicine
James C. Powers, PhD., Regents Professor of Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology

TransThermal drug delivery

Mark Prausnitz, PhD, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Mark Allen, Ph.D., Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Delivery of alpha-1 antitrypsin transgene as potential treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Mauricio Rojas, assistant professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

For more information about the EmTech Bio Seed Grant Program, contact Connie Snipes (, 404-727-4518).

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