The HealthAdvance Fund®

Advancing Biomedical Innovations

Advancing Biomedical Innovations

As part of the Rutgers Optimizes Innovation initiative, HealthAdvance Fund® provides commercialization funding to assist the development of early-stage life sciences technologies and make them more attractive for continued follow-on investments from industry partners and external investors.

About the Rutgers HealthAdvance Fund®

HealthAdvance Fund® is the funding platform of Rutgers Optimizes Innovation (ROI) program established with a $4 million grant received under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Evaluation And Commercialization Hub (REACH). The program aims to energize the innovation culture across all university campuses to speed up the translation of biomedical discoveries into commercially viable diagnostics, devices, therapeutics, and tools to improve health and patient care and train the next generation of innovators. 

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Pre-Qualification & Application

Find out more about eligibility and application requirements for pre-qualification and the application process and timeline.

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Meet the Mentors-in-Residence

Our Mentors-in-Residence (MIRs) are individually matched to the Innovator teams that have been invited to submit a full application to the program and collaborate with their matched Innovators to craft compelling proposals for a commercially viable product or solution, with a strong focus on improving human health.

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Contact the Team

Recently Funded Projects

KasA

Tuberculosis is characterized by 10 million cases and 1.5 million deaths per year. New drugs are needed to reduce treatment duration and to treat drug-resistant infections. We propose a solution based on our preclinical drug lead (JSF-3285) that inhibits the essential ß-ketoacyl synthase and exhibits promising efficacy and safety profiles. 

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The research team is developing a Cryptococcus fungal vaccine (HK-fbp1) that has shown cross protection against multiple major invasive mycoses, including Cryptococcus species, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Candida albicans. Its protection remains effective against Cryptococcus and Aspergillus in certain immunocompromised hosts, such as CD4 T cell-depleted mice, a condition mimicking AIDS patients.

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The team is developing a novel, first-in-class, orally-available drugs efficacious against tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial lung infections. The candidates, RifaAAPs, are active against drug-susceptible, drug-resistant, multi-drug-resistant, and extensively-drug-resistant strains, have lower resistance emergence than current drugs, have higher sterilizing activity than current drugs, and have additive activity in combination with current drugs.