Pairing Physicians and Engineers to Improve Health
About the Coulter Program
The University of Missouri Coulter Translational Partnership Program is a five-year/$5 million partnership between the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the University of Missouri formed in 2012. The program capitalizes on the best of academia and industry to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into products that improve patient care. The MU Coulter Program bridges the gap between academic research and industry by providing funding to engineer-clinician teams. These teams perform experiments to generate data that subsequently attract the professional funding needed to continue commercialization of the technology.
In the first four years of its operation, the MU Coulter Program has invested more than $2.5 million in 19 bridge grant projects. These investments have led to approximately $11 million in new government grants and $1.6 million in professional funding (angel investment, venture capital), which is more than five times the amount invested. Since its inception, the MU Coulter Program has awarded 22 bridge grants (a project may receive multiple grants) and 16 seed grants to 48 technical and clinical investigators. Feedback has been provided to 137 technical and clinical investigators on more than 115 projects. Two companies that have licensed technologies coming out of the MU Coulter Program have each raised more than $500,000 of professional funding, meeting the criteria to be called "Coulter Wins."
The MU Coulter program makes a significant and growing impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in mid-Missouri.
As there are only 16 universities in the world with Coulter Programs, the MU Coulter Program is an important differentiator for MU.
Watch the 2015 Coulter Awards Ceremony
The five interdisciplinary research teams that received funding include faculty members from the MU College of Engineering and the MU School of Medicine. The funded research projects range from a smart oxygen controller for babies in the NICU to a sensor that detects salmonella.