We are extremely pleased to announce this year's newly funded projects in the Columbia Biomedical Accelerator portfolio. 

Funds are awarded to perform a "killer experiment", that is, an experiment that will substantially remove risk and leave no doubt that the product will be an improvement over the status quo. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the following teams!


"VISIBLATE: A novel imaging system for real time assessment of ablation lesions during catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias" (Elisa Konofagou, BME; Elaine Wan, Medicine; TLO: Satish Rao)

Immunotherapy / Therapeutics

"IMMPERA: Stem cell therapy to reduce morbidity and mortality from graft-vs-host-disease in bone marrow transplant patients" (Holly Wobma, SEAS & College of Physicians and Surgeons; Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, BME; Markus Mapara, Medicine; TLO: Beth Kauderer) 

"OncoShell: A rapid functional test of breast cancer drug sensitivity" (Laura Kaufman, Chemistry; Asja Guzman, Chemistry; Kevin Kalinsky, Medicine; TLO: Beth Kauderer)


"MicrOA: A MicroCT-Based Structural Analysis System to Monitor and Assess Osteoarthritis" (X. Edward Guo, BME; Elizabeth Shane, Medicine; TLO: Richard Nguyen)


"Aision: Prophylactic drugs to prevent the development of stress-induced mood and anxiety disorders" (Christine Denny, Psychiatry; Michael Grunebaum, Psychiatry; Rebecca Brachman, Neurology; TLO: Ron Katz)

Screening / Diagnostics / Monitoring

"inSensor: Novel device for reducing pulmonary complications in hospitalized patients by improving compliance with incentive spirometer use" (Sinisa Vukelic, Mechanical Engineering; Alexander Kushnir, Medicine; TLO: Sara Gusik)

"Microchip with Tumor-Organoid-and-Blood-Vessel to Screen Drug Efficacy and Toxicity" (Kam Leong, BME; ZaoZao Chen, BME; Swarnali Acharyya, Medicine; TLO: Joan Martinez)

Wound Care

"Conform-a-Care: Elasticated, contouring wound dressing for optimal wound care" (Mary Boyce, Biomedical Engineering; Laura Levin, Dermatology; TLO: Joan Martinez)


To see all supported projects, click HERE.

2016 Call for Pre-Proposals

Columbia-Coulter Biomedical Accelerator

We are very pleased to announce that the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is currently accepting Pre-Proposals for the next application cycle (i.e. 2017 funding). (Although Coulter Foundation funding is coming to an end, we are able to sustain the program for an additional year and are working on longer term financial support.)

All biomedical technologies with the potential to directly impact human health will be considered (e.g. therapeutic drugs and devices, medical imaging, monitoring devices, biosensors, biomaterials, and platform technologies). Most relevant are technologies in which the time to market can be achieved in 7 to 10 years. To be eligible, the project/technology must be an idea or invention based on Columbia intellectual property.

Eligible teams must include both an engineer/scientist and a clinician, and at least one PI must have a faculty appointment at Columbia. If you need an engineering or clinical collaborator, we may be able to facilitate introductions. Please email matchmaking requests to coulter@columbia.edu by November 1, 2016. 

Pre-Proposals are due by Thursday, December 1, 2016.

We very much appreciate your help amplifying the Columbia-Coulter Call for Pre-Proposals. Please feel free to forward this to any of your PIs who you think might benefit from the program. Details are below. We’re also hosting information sessions next week and in mid-October, and potential applicants are always welcome to reach out to us directly at coulter@columbia.edu.



  • Wednesday, October 19th, 4pm, Presbyterian Hospital Building, 10th Floor, Room 204, Irving Institute Conference Room (PH-10-204) (Click HERE to RSVP)

If you have any questions, please email us at coulter@columbia.edu

For more information on the application process, click HERE

June 2015 Funded Projects

The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is pleased to announce the newly funded projects from the Columbia-Coulter 2015-2016 cycle. Among our six funding recipients were teams in DiagnosticsHealth Care ITNeurology, and Rehabilitation/Robotics

Congratulations to the following recipients (Organized by specialty):

HEALTH CARE IT: "LabCards: Next generation clinical decision support software" John Wright, PhD, Steven Spitalnik, MD, and Jose Morales, PhD

NEUROLOGY: "uDBS: Noninvasive deep brain stimulation using focused ultrasound" Elisa Konofagou, PhD, Sameer Sheth, MD, PhD, and Christian Aurup

REHAB/ROBOTICS: "MyHand: An active hand orthosis for stroke patients" Matei Ciocarlie, PhD, and Joel Stein, MD

SCREENING/DIAGNOSTICS: "MicroClot: Device to rapidly assess antiplatelet drug efficacy for patients at risk for thrombosis" Sam Sia, PhD, and Thomas Diacovo, MD

SCREENING/DIAGNOSTICS: "SoleSound: A fully portable instrumented footwear for accurate gait analysis" Sunil Agrawal, PhD, Pietro Mazzoni, MD, and Damiano Zanotto, PhD

SCREENING/DIAGNOSTICS: "TEAM Helmet: The Transmitted Activity Monitoring Helmet: A real-time, objective, physiological means of diagnosing concussion as it happens" Barclay Morrison, PhD, and James Noble, MD 

The Columbia-Coulter partnership promotes, develops, and supports innovations aimed at improving patient care. The program provides mentoring, project management, and funding to promising translational projects with the goal of moving innovative technologies to clinical application through commercialization. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to develop healthcare solutions that address unmet or underserved clinical needs.

The Columbia-Coulter program is currently in the fourth cycle of grants within an overall $5 million of funding during a period of five years—two-thirds from the Foundation, one-third from Columbia—to projects with the highest chances of achieving a successful outcome, defined by the Foundation as a license of the technology to a commercial partner with the resources and expertise to bring the technology to market. The program, which focuses on the commercialization of medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare IT, has jumpstarted the translation and development of biomedical technologies arising from engineering-clinical collaborations at Columbia. The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research partnership has now funded 23 projects over four years. 

To see previously funded projects from Cycles 1, 2, and 3, click HERE.


Columbia University and Ushio Inc. Enter Into Exclusive License and Research Agreements for Ultraviolet Disinfection Method to Reduce Microbial Infection. Columbia University's ultraviolet (UV) light technology, DUVS, formerly awarded Coulter funding in the 2013-2014 cycle, has been licensed by Ushio Inc., a Tokyo-based developer, manufacturer, and marketer of light sources and instruments. 

To Learn More please visit here at Columbia Technology Ventures.