State Chooses Michigan Tech Project for Small Company Innovation Funding
by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network has announced four Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grants to support research partnerships between small businesses and state universities, including one at Michigan Tech. A $10,000 award to Leadfoot Engineering Inc. will help support research at Tech to develop new piston materials with improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. Leadfoot, based in Chassell, will match the grant with $10,000 of its own.
Leadfoot Engineering is run by Steven Bethel, a Michigan Tech alumnus with a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. Bethel serves on the School of Technology's Mechanical Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board.
SCIP enables small businesses to work with universities to commercialize research.
The other three SCIP awards went to:
* Arnune BioScience, Inc./University of Michigan, to support research to reduce the number of unnecessary second biopsies performed to detect prostate cancer.
* Sustainable Technologies, Inc./Michigan State University, to examine the ability of the company's AGIS technology to extend the life of septic fields under fast-food restaurants.
* NanoBio Corp./University of Michigan, to develop a topical therapy that halts burn-wound progression and also acts as an antimicrobial.