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Peninsula Area companies awarded grants

Monday, June 11, 2018  
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Five Peninsula-area firms were awarded grants to develop technology and help turn research into business ventures.

Governor Northam announced $2.7 million in funding in support of 34 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund awards in six industries: biosciences and medical technologies, cyber security, clean energy, water quality, data analytics and unmanned systems

Medical technnology firm Tympanogen, which recently began operating in Richmond because of available lab space but keeps an office in the Williamsburg area, received $50,000 from the commercialization program to find ways to make its gel patch for nonsurgical eardrum repair on a larger scale, said President and CEO Elaine Horn-Ranney.

“The goal is to bring more of the manufacturing into Virginia instead of outsourcing it,” Horn-Ranney said.

The gel patch is intended to replace the surgical procedure for repairing perforations in the ear drum, where patients often are children with chronic ear infections, she said. The firm is also interested in hiring an industrial chemist, she added.

“We want to do our part to participate in helping Virginia build its image as a biotechnology hub,” Horn-Ranney said.

The other Peninsula grant winners are:

• $50,000 from the SBIR matching grant program for Pancopia Inc. in Hampton to commercialize testing of low-cost nitrogen removal technology in the environment category.
• $99,711 from the matching funds program to the College of William and Mary to develop acoustic technology to reduce birds’ risks of collision with wind turbines.
• $83,207 from the matching funds program for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester Point related to commercial oyster culture research.
• $50,000 from the SBIR matching grant program for Adaptive Aerospace Group to develop high-integrity software for unmanned aircraft beyond visual line-of-sight operations that would meet Federal Aviation Administration standards.

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