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LEAP Inventor Challenge (formerly Bear Cub Challenge) awards to university teams

From the WashU Newsroom...

Five Washington University teams will be awarded up to $175,000 in the latest LEAP Inventor Challenge (LEAP) cycle. This concludes the academic year with a total $650,000 allocated to fifteen LEAP awardees.

[See Fall 2016 and Summer 2016 awardees. Note: LEAP was formerly called “Bear Cub Challenge.”]

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. All Washington University faculty, postdoc, staff and graduate student teams are eligible to apply.

Several university departments work together on this competition to maximize industry mentorship and funding opportunities. Such facilitators include the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Skandalaris), the Office of Technology Management (OTM), the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), and the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD).

Together with an esteemed group of industry judges, the competition facilitators are thrilled to award funding to the Spring 2017 awardees:


InvisiGro is developing a novel wireless dissolvable stimulator to accelerate bone healing after any fracture, fusion, or deficiency. This device is poised to disrupt the $30 billion bone fractures/fusion/osteoporosis market.

Principal Investigators:

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