The Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society (Kleinmuntz Center) provides unique opportunities for economic development, public engagement, and social impact through genomics and business. The Kleinmuntz Center is committed to supporting innovation and commercialization taking place at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The Young Innovator Program aims to provide professional development for a select cohort of graduate students and post-doctoral associates over a 10-week summer program. At the conclusion, three of the cohort's members will be awarded tiered awards of between $5,000 - $20,000 to help their projects continue to be developed and succeed.
The Mikashi Awards will fund IGB projects that demonstrate market viability to help projects succeed, and two recipients will be awarded $50,000-$75,000 per year for up to two years.
“We want to make sure that individuals in business, government, and society at large understand the immense potential that these scientific advances have to impact their health, wealth, and well being.”
“Great scientific discoveries do not simply leap out of the laboratory. We see an opportunity to encourage and facilitate the process of translating great science into applications that will benefit business and society.”