Sept 2013 LSDF Awards for Neuro Related R&D

LSDF_Awards_9_16_13The Life Sciences Discovery Fund today announced its latest round of Proof of Concept Grants, and once again neuro-related research and development is a multi-grant winner, capturing 2 of the 5 POC grants awarded!   Congratulations, from the NWNN to Stella Therapeutics and the Institute for Systems Biology.

Eric Horne, Stella Therapeutics, $250,000

Project Title: ST Drugs that Treat Glioblastoma Multiforme through a Novel Mechanism

Objective: To complete preclinical testing of a novel small-molecule treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, a typically fatal brain cancer.

Jennifer Smith, Institute for Systems Biology, $250,000

Project Title: Development of an Indicator Cell Assay for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease from Blood Samples

Objective: To develop a blood-based assay for pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease to permit earlier intervention for affected individuals, monitor responses to treatment, and support drug trials

LSDF is currently accepting Proof of Concept and Entrepreneur Mentoring Program grant applications for 2013-2014. For more details, please visit the LSDF website at, email, or call 206-456-9577.

About NWNN

The NorthWest NeuroNeighborhood ( is a Washington State non-profit organization formed in the summer of 2012, dedicated to fostering the development of the emerging neuro-related cluster in the Pacific Northwest.   Follow us on Twitter @NWNeuroNeighbor.

Posted by Lance Stewart, Ph.D. MBA, Sr. Director of Alliances at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Northwest NeuroNeighborhood Co-Founder and Board Member.

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