$500k in Funding For Biotech Startups Announced

The Accelerate Long Island (ALI) Seed Fund and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund (LIETF) announced initial investments in five Long Island-based biotech and clean energy startups. Four of the five companies each receiving $100,000 are CFB Client companies: Goddard Labs, PolyNova, SynchroPET and Traverse Biosciences. Read the full press release here.

Intensity Therapeutics Awarded CRADA from National Cancer Institute

CFB Client Company, Intensity Therapeutics, Inc. established a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), with the National Institute of Health?s National Cancer Institute (NCI) Vaccine Branch. Intensity Therapeutics was awarded the CRADA by the NCI to study the efficacy and mechanism of action of Intensity?s in situ chemovaccination products using in vivo models of cancer. Read the full press release here.

Advancing Ideas into Reality

Xiaflex, a drug developed, in part, with support by the Center for Biotechnology, has received a second approval for the treatment of men with Peyronie’s disease, a painful curvature of the penis due to the buildup of plaque. The drug is already approved for the treatment of Depuytren’s contracture, a condition that causes contraction of the fingers. Additional applications under development include frozen shoulder and cellulite. The drug is marketed by Auxilium. Read more here.

Fostering Growth

A licensing agreement has been reached between the Research Foundation for SUNY and Biodex Medical Systems for Mobility Assist, a device that was invented and patented Dr. Anurag Purwar at Stony Brook University that will help people who have trouble standing up or sitting down become more independently mobile. The Center for Biotechnology was instrumental in bringing together Dr. Purwar with Biodex Medical System as a potential commercialization partners at the 2012 Long Island Innovation Boot Camp/Pre-Seed Workshop. The Center for Biotechnology also facilitated a Technology Accelerator Fund application for Dr. Anurag Purwar for the project entitled: ?A Mobility Assist Sit to Stand Device to Improve Quality of Life and Independence for Persons with Functional Limitations.? Biodex Medical System and the Center for Biotechnology provided matching funds to aid in the commercialization of this technology.

Mobility Assist, which will be manufactured at the Biodex plant in Shirley, New York and be available to patients in 2014, will be marketed to physical and occupational therapists as well as assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes to increase mobility among patients and residents.