Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology Awards $2.2M in Latest Round

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology Awards $2.2M in Latest Round

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The state's technology-based economic development agency has awarded nearly $2.2 million to eight research projects.

The eight successful projects were chosen from a field of 30 applicants and were determined to represent the best science and the most likely to achieve commercialization.

The research will be conducted over three years under a contract with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Although 21 of the 30 applicants qualified for the most current round of funding, there was only enough money for the top eight competing research projects.

This most recent round of funding creates $4.4 million in actual research dollars to be spent in Oklahoma when the dollar-for-dollar required match from the winning research projects are factored into the overall research investment.

Sheri Stickley, interim executive director at OCAST, said the 15- year-old program represents $54 million of state taxpayers' money that has been invested in Oklahoma applied research projects. The successful award winners over the history of the program report more than $535.8 million of federal and private research funding that has come to Oklahoma, attracted by the Oklahoma investment through OCAST.

Applied research award winners include:

* Patrick McCann of the University of Oklahoma is leading a project that will lead to ultraviolet light emitting diodes and lasers. The objective of the research is to develop procedures for fabricating ultraviolet emitters using AlGaN semiconductor epitaxial layer materials.

* Jay Martin of Martin Bionics LLC in Oklahoma City has developed the Martin Bionics Foot, a prosthetic foot and ankle that provides for natural static and dynamic functionality independent of the wearer's activity. The money will be used for the development and testing of the joint system.

* David Kendrick of MedUnison LLC in Oklahoma City will test if DocSynergy, an online integrated health care delivery application, can be implemented in a private, community-based health care environment yielding a positive impact on quality and cost savings for the health care clients and for the providers. …

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