UWM Physics Professor Receives Catalyst Grant

Original article by Laura Otto

Associate Professor Ionel Popa is among several recipients of a UWM Research Foundation Catalyst Grant.

The program, supported by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and Clarios, has awarded a total of $180,000 to promising research and development in areas where UWM has the greatest potential to impact the regional economy through commercialization activities.

Now in its 16th year, the Catalyst Grant program has awarded over $5.76 million in seed funding for 109 projects. These projects have led to 62 issued patents, 30 license/option agreements and more than $36.5 million in follow-on investments in UWM technologies.

Prof. Popa has developed technology for more efficiently capturing and concentrating antibodies that are useful in a wide range of research and therapeutic applications. This patent-pending material consists of protein-based hydrogels that offer a high density of antibody binding sites and increased yield over current purification methods.

The full article may be read on the UWM Report website