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$300K Funds Collaboration

By Doug Boyd

An ECU faculty member is among grant recipients who will share in $300,000 from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as part of a program to foster university-industry collaboration.

Dr. Wayne Cascio, vice-chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences in the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, and Research Triangle Park-based startup Entegrion have received $100,000 to study the ability of freeze-dried platelets to help stop excessive bleeding during heart surgery or in patients taking anti-clotting drugs.

Their grant is part of the Biotech Center’s Collaborative Funding Grants program, which enable public-private teams to hire a postdoctoral researcher or technician to work at a North Carolina university under the supervision of an academic scientist on a topic of defined commercial interest.

The grant program is cosponsored by the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at North Carolina State University.

A researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Parion Sciences received a grant to study drugs to treat dry eye, and a researcher at NCSU and Agile Sciences received a grant to help create a treatment for bacterial spot disease on peaches.

The Biotechnology Center is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at