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Governor Rendell Awards KISK Grant to University of the Sciences
Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Written By:  Marisa Olson
Contact:  Marisa Olson
Contact Email:  m.olson@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8788
On March 16, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that University of the Sciences in Philadelphia has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Keystone Innovation Starter Kit (KISK) program.

University of the Sciences joins 17 other colleges, universities, academic medical institutions, and research institutions from across the state that will receive a portion of the $2.5 million investment from the KISK program.

The KISK initiative is designed to recruit top faculty researchers in crucial advanced knowledge areas to universities throughout Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell said the investment will help local economies, serve as a driver for the commonwealth’s economic growth, and help to cement Pennsylvania’s reputation as a world-class leader faculty recruitment and advanced technology.

The University’s grant will be managed by Dr. John Porter, professor of biology and research professor of pharmacognosy.

“The award to University of the Sciences will foster the marriage between two of our core strengths: natural products chemistry and molecular biological applications in biotechnology,” said Dr. Porter. “The faculty member that we are recruiting will have strengths and research that combines these two areas as we continue to develop the educational and research opportunities in which the Department of Biological Sciences is active.”

Dr. Porter explains that the grant monies will allow the purchase of specialized equipment and software that will strengthen the ability to produce natural products from engineered microorganisms, make analytical separations method development more efficient, and analyze the products generated. This equipment will also be a resource to regional companies with which the University partners for development of new therapeutics based on natural product lead compounds.
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