NCIIA grantee receives NSF I-Corp funding

An NCIIA E-Team that is developing a green tech solution for vaccine manufacturing has been selected as one of 21 teams to receive an inaugural NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award. Each awardee receives a $50,000 grant from NSF.

The Green Technology for Sustainable Poultry Manufacturing E-Team, led by Karen McDonald from UC-Davis, is developing SwiftVax, a plant production platform that produces animal and human vaccines efficiently and affordably. The technology can rapidly produce large amounts of therapeutics with minimal investment compared to traditional vaccine production infrastructure.
 The team received a $20,000 E-Team grant from NCIIA in 2010, and attended an NCIIA VentureLab to improve its business strategy.