The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) was established to facilitate the commercialization of the University's scientific and technical research findings for the benefit of the citizens of Ohio and the general public through the efficient evaluation, management, and licensing of the University's intellectual property including patents, copyrights and trademarks.
Invention Disclosure Filing
An invention disclosure was submitted by Dr. Anthony Berdis, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Professors Mark Sutton and Brian Tsuji from the University of Buffalo, titled “Artificial nucleosides that combat antibiotic resistance.” Antibiotic resistant bacteria are an urgent, global health threat. In the United States alone, approximately 3 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur. More than 35,000 individuals die as a result of these infections.
The invention discloses that combining artificial nucleosides with existing antibiotics produces a strong cytotoxic effect against drug-resistance bacteria. This combination also adversely affects the viability of bacterial persisters. Collectively, this unique drug combination provides a novel approach to combat drug resistance in highly infectious microbial species.
Commercialization: TeCK Fund
The TeCK Fund, a joint technology commercialization and startup fund co-managed by Cleveland State University and Kent State University, is now accepting Letters of Intent for the opportunity to submit a full proposal. A successful full proposal will require the approval of the Selection Committee to whom the PI will have to present. The TeCK Fund provides faculty pursuing applied research projects with up to $100,000 to assist with commercialization activities including prototype creation, third-party validation, and market research, which are required to successfully spin off technologies. Applicants who have participated in the I-Corps @ Ohio program are given priority.
Research developed at Cleveland State University often has applications as products or services outside the boundaries of the University. Through its efforts, the TTO endeavors to inspire and nurture a culture of innovation at CSU with the ultimate goal of creating new technologies that improve society, lead to more job creation, and more revenue for the inventors, the University and the State of Ohio.
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