Purdue researchers seeking to repurpose Blu-ray technology to diagnose early-stage cancer receive federal, state grants

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University researchers pursuing a way to repurpose high-definition Blu-ray technology, popular for watching videos and listening to music, to diagnose early-stage cancers and monitor their treatments have received nearly $200,000 in state and federal grants.

Cytomics Analytical LLC, led by J. Paul Robinson, the SVM Professor of Cytomics in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine and professor in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant, also known as America’s Seed Fund, for $147,364. The company also has received a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

“We were finally able to convince someone at NIH that this is worthwhile,” Robinson said. “It seems improbable that you could do this, but we have conducted extensive research and are confident it will work and it will be revolutionary.”

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