Stevens Center Announces Recipients of 2019 Technology Advancement Grants

USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the recipients of Technology Advancement Grants for 2019. Launched by the Stevens Center in 2016, the Technology Advancement Grant (TAG) program supports early-stage technologies invented at USC through validation or proof-of-concept development.

TAG grants help to add value to unlicensed USC-owned technology, thereby increasing the probability of licensing and supporting the commercialization of discoveries created at USC. TAG awards provide funding up to $50,000 for a project duration of no more than one year.

Please join us in congratulating the following 2019 TAG award recipients:

Julio A. Camarero


Professor Julio A. Camarero, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor William Stohl, Keck School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology (not pictured)
“Cyclotide-based polypeptides for therapeutic targeting of BAFF receptors in SLE”



Shrikanth Narayanan



Professor Shrikanth Narayanan
Viterbi School of Engineering
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Computational Linguistic Analysis of ScriptS (cLASS)”



Michelle Povinelli



Professor Michelle Povinelli
Viterbi School of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
“Prototyping a Thermally-Regulating Paint”




Bangyan Stiles



Professor Bangyan Stiles
School of Pharmacy
Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
“NR3B Targeting Polyamide for Inhibiting High Fat Diet Induced NASH”




The TAG program has a competitive two-step application process comprising an initial review by Stevens Center staff and its Faculty Advisory Committee, followed by a final review and recommendation from an external advisory board of industry experts comprised of representatives from 5AM VenturesBCG Digital Ventures, Hoya, PfizerSalem Partners LLC, Samsung, and T.R. Winston and Company. The USC Office of Research provided additional support.

TAG applications submitted this cycle were very competitive and reflected the diversity of innovation at USC. An initial field of 18 letters of intent was narrowed to 12 finalists who were invited to submit full proposals. The top eight finalists were then invited to present their projects to a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders. Of those eight, four proposals were chosen to receive funding.

The Request for Proposals for the next round of the TAG program will be announced in late 2019.

~Story by John Merritt