USC Stevens Announces Recipients of Technology Advancement Grants

USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Technology Advancement Grant (TAG) Program for 2017. Launched by USC Stevens Center for Innovation in 2016, the TAG Program supports early stage technologies invented at USC through validation or proof-of-concept development that will add value to unlicensed USC owned technology, thereby increasing the probability of licensing and supporting the commercialization of discoveries created here 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 TAG award recipients who will receive $50,000 per project:

Young Cho, Research Assistant Professor, USC Information Sciences Institute
Project Title: “High Accuracy Multicore GPU Power/Temperature Map Generation using Numerical Software Analysis”

Steven Nutt, Professor, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Timotei Centea, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Lessa Grunenfelder, Graduate Student Research Assistant
Project Title: “Prototype Development, Demonstration, and Optimization of Innovative Out-of-Autoclave Prepregs with High Permeability”

Julio A. Camarero, Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
Stan Gee Louie, Associate Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
Kathleen Rodgers, Associate Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
Project Title: “Pharmacology of proteolically resistant cylotides with angiotensin 1-7-like active”

J. Andrew MacKay, Associate Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, Professor, USC School of Pharmacy
Project Title: “Preclinical advancement of FKBP/Rapalogue drug carriers”

TAG applications submitted to the USC Stevens Center for Innovation this cycle were very competitive and reflected the diversity of innovation at USC such as prototype development, software optimization, biological target validation and screening, preclinical studies, and other advanced pre-commercial research. We received thirty-three letters of intent and thirteen finalists were chosen 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 have been chosen to receive funding.

The TAG Program has a competitive two-step application process comprising an initial review by USC Stevens’ staff and USC Stevens’s Faculty Advisory Committee followed by a final review and recommendation from an external advisory board comprised of industry experts. USC Stevens would like to acknowledge the support received from the Office of Research and thank our TAG External Review Committee comprised of representatives from Deerfield Management, Salem Partners LLC, Nixon Peabody LLP, and TR Winston and Company.

The Request for Proposals for the third round of the TAG program will be announced early 2018.

Further Information and Program Contact:
Questions about the TAG award or the application submission process can be directed to Michael Arciero, Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures,, (213) 821-0942 or visit

–by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published June 20, 2017