Five university research teams win LEAP awards

Five Washington University in St. Louis research teams have been selected to receive funding as part of the fall 2017 cycle of the Leadership in Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program, better known as the LEAP Inventor Challenge (LEAP).

LEAP exists to propel Washington University intellectual property towards commercialization. The money that teams win helps fund their early stage research so that they can turn their concepts and ideas into viable products and services. The competition supports all Washington University faculty, postdoc, staff and graduate student teams.

Three of the five winning teams in fall 2017 have ties to the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

3D Graphene-Based Nanocomposite Assemblies for Next Generation Water Treatment Membranes: This project is a unique, three-dimensional graphene oxide (GO) nanoscale composites as multifunctional, self-assembling, platform materials for advanced water treatment membranes. Management includes professors John Fortner and Pratim Biswas.

Re-inventing Arterial Blood Gas Measurements: This project is a new medical device that performs laboratory tests without needing to draw blood. Management includes Professor Lan Yang.

Absorbable Negative Pressure Wound Closure Device: This project is an absorbable, vacuum-sealing biomaterial for complex wounds to speed patients’ healing without returning to the operating room. Management includes Farshid Guilak.