The grant will help accelerate and expand educational programs in translational medicine and career development in health care and pharmaceutical industries across Montana and the Mountain West Region.

Jay Evans, PhD ASECND Academic Lead
University of Montana

This is a significant opportunity for small businesses, academia, and the federal government to partner in two critical areas: boosting high-tech innovation and tackling biomedical research needs.

Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D. NIGMS Director

The goal is to educate faculty within the various institutions on how to commercialize their research, including startup funding and finding business partners.

Eric Prossnitz, PhD UNM’s principal investigator

It is exciting to be selected by the NIH to lead this important initiative in the Western region. We look forward to working on this with University of New Mexico and other research institutions in the Western region.

Neil Fanger, PhDCEO of Virtici and Prinicipal Investigator for ASCEND