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 April 22, 2014

Optics professors secure award for CTSI incubator pilot project

More good news from our faculty:

Institute of Optics Professors Wayne Knox, and Jon Ellis, together with Krystel Huxlin, Professor of Ophthomology, secured a CTSI Incubator Program “super-pilot project” award for their work to develop a Noninvasive Approach to Vision Correction using Femtosecond Lasers. The awards are designed to accelerate innovative scientific discovery in the life sciences and public health, leading to new independently funded research programs. The award is funded at $125,000 per year for two years. “The URMC Scientific Advisory Council was impressed by the very strong potential of your work to have a major impact in the field. This is precisely the type of high-risk and high-reward science that the SAC incubator program was created to support,” noted Stephen Dewhurst, SMD's Vice Dean for Research and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research.

In addition, they have won the prize for the "most commercializable project" at the poster session of the annual Technology Showcase, sponsored by the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences. A lot of us have our fingers crossed for their work on noninvasive vision correction using ultra-fast, femto-second lasers. It could revolutionize eye care.