BATON ROUGE – A new, web-based tool that can be used in political campaigns is one of the 15 innovative projects developed by LSU system faculty that recently received funding through the LIFT2, or Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer, fund.

LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Assistant Professor David Sathiaraj is working on a predictive analytic model that can be integrated into existing voter targeting and canvassing software. The result will be an interactive software dashboard that can predict individual voter scores.

“I always felt election polls use sample sizes that are not representative of the electorate and are too small,” Sathiaraj said. “This product will help campaigns answer the questions of who are our likely supporters and how do we mine them from Big Data voter files?”

More than $530,000 has been granted to the 15 new proof-of-concept projects from a portion of the licensing income generated by previous inventions created at the university.

“The breadth of the technology in this third round of funded projects is very exciting,” said Arthur R. Cooper, CEO of the LSU Research & Technology Foundation, which administers the LIFT2 grant application process.

Invention disclosures at LSU have risen by 48 percent since the inception of LIFT2 in 2014. More than $1.5 million has been grant to 44 projects through this program, which was created by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

A collaboration between researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the LSU AgCenter to develop a food additive that can help control blood sugar levels was funded. The researchers will create nano-sized particles from crushed sugarcane bagasse, which is known to enhance insulin sensitivity and improve glycemic control.

Another recently funded product is Bone Foam, which is a synthetic composite that can be used to graft bone. LSU AgCenter Assistant Professor Daniel Hayes and Department of Chemistry Professor John Pojman are working together on this invention.

“We’ve improved the LIFT2 program with each round of grants from input gathered from applicants, faculty, administration and tech transfer officers,” Cooper said. “The LIFT2 program is on its way to becoming one of the best commercialization programs in the country.”

The LSU LIFT2 program was created by the LSU Board of Supervisors to help “Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer” across all the campuses of LSU. Innovations include creative and artistic works as well as devices, drugs, software and other more traditional inventions; thus, personnel from all disciplines on all LSU campuses are strongly encouraged to consider an application to further develop an invention which has been previously disclosed to their campus technology transfer office.

The LSU LIFT2 Fund provides support to help transfer LSU technologies and innovations to the market – support difficult to come by through traditional means. Providing a bridge over the critical gap between basic research and commercialization, the LSU LIFT2 Fund awards grants to faculty on a competitive basis twice a year, in amounts up to $50,000, to validate the market potential of their inventions.

By permanently securing a portion of licensing income for the LSU LIFT2 Fund, LSU has ensured continual reinvestment in new innovation opportunities and affirmed its commitment to advancing discoveries for public benefit. Commercialization of academic innovations through technology transfer further enhances multiple aspects of LSU’s mission and creates new economic opportunity in Louisiana and elsewhere.


The 2015 LIFT2 funded projects:

·         Bone foam-synthetic composite bone graft led by Daniel Hayes, LSU AgCenter, and John Pojman, LSU Department of Chemistry

·         Generating nitrogen fertilizer prescriptions for crop production based on nitrogen algorithm using unmanned aircraft vehicle-                       acquired images and ground-based optical sensor led by Brenda Tubana, Dustin Harrell and Howard Viator, LSU AgCenter

·         Proof of concept for a new product allowing proteome-scale quantitation led by Imran Mungrue, LSU Health New Orleans

·         Novel vaccines and therapeutics for pneumocystis pneumonia led by Judd Shellito and Alistair Ramsay, LSU Health New Orleans

·         Development of a high throughput drug assay for E6AP/UBE3A oligomerization led by Arthur Haas, LSU Health New Orleans

·         Development of novel small molecule treatments for multi drug-resistant fungal infections led by Donna Neumann, LSU Health New           Orleans

·         The optimization of calculi treatment via a dissolution system as an effective and economical clinical alternative to surgical                         intervention led by Carlos Busso and Rohan Walvekar, LSU Health New Orleans

·         Space filling high-throughput microbubble generator led by Mayur Sathe, LSU Center for Computation & Technology, and                               Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering

·         Circuit prototype implementation for switchable pins led by Lu Peng and Ashok Srivastava, LSU Division of Electrical & Computer               Engineering

·         Predictive algorithms and visual analytics for targeted campaigns led by David Sathiaraj, LSU Department of Geography &                             Anthropology

·         Hollow micro-carrier for shear-free culture of adherent cells in bioreactors led by Kidong Park, LSU Division of Electrical &                             Computer Engineering

·         A method to produce bioplastics from microalgal culture led by Naohiro Kato, LSU Department of Biological Sciences

·         Laser ablation nano-dissection for DNA sequencing led by Kermit Murray, LSU Department of Chemistry

·         The effect of sugarcane bagasse supplementation on glucose tolerance led by Frank Greenway, Pennington Biomedical Research             Center

·         A pilot study on the effect of albuterol and caffeine versus placebo on the body composition in adolescents led by Daniel Hsia, LSU           Health New Orleans