Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spin-Out News

LayerBio Awarded $1.2 Million from NIH
LayerBio, Inc., a spin-out from a 2013 Deshpande Center project, has received $1.2 million grant from the National Eye Institute at the NIH to develop its sustained-release glaucoma drug.
Kronos Bio. Completes $18 Million Seed Financing and Appoints CEO
Kronos Bio, Inc., a Deshpande Center project spin-out, from Professor Angela Koehler's lab, has completed $18 million seed financing and announced the appointment of Norbert Bischofberger, Ph.D. as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Kronos is developing cancer therapies against historically intractable targets.

Grant Project News

Monitor Detects Dangerously Low White Blood C​ell Levels

One of the major side effects of chemotherapy is a sharp drop in white blood cells, which leaves patients vulnerable to dangerous infections. A Deshpande Center grant project team, led by Carlos Castro-Gonzalez in Martha Gray's lab, is developing a non-invasive portable device for monitoring patients’ white blood cell levels at home.

Read more.

See the team's clinical prototype above and find their more in-depth scientific report here.

Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor

A team of engineers at MIT, who received Deshpande Center support, have developed a polymer thermal conductor — a plastic material that, however counterintuitively, works as a heat conductor, dissipating heat rather than insulating it. The new polymers, which are lightweight and flexible, can conduct 10 times as much heat as most commercially used polymers.

Read more. 

A Fix for Our Pestide Problem

One major problem is that only 2% of pesticide applied to crops actually stays there. Maher Damak, a 27-year-old scientist, and MIT Ph.D. candidate, has a solution to make pesticides more sticky, and therefore allow us to use far less of them. 

This project is currently being funded by a JWAFS grant that is managed by the Deshpande Center.

Event Recap

Our annual IdeaStream, held in Cambridge mid-April, showcased 21 of our current grant project teams. Presentations and posters covered a wide range of topics from convection enhanced electrochemical energy storage to solid-state color pixel for E-paper displays and non-invasive hydration sensors for the elderly. The event was attended by industry executives, venture capitalist and members of the MIT innovation ecosystem. 

If you were unable to join us, you can find videos of the presentations on our website.
Read a blog post from one of our project team's about their IdeaStream experience.
April 5th, 2019
Cambridge MA