Seven local companies have received state grants that will allow them to commercialize their cutting-edge technologies.
The companies are among 31 selected statewide as part of the California Technology Investment Partnership (CalTIP), which provides funding for marketing to companies that have received federal grants to develop technologies.
"This (CalTIP) grant is letting our science-based company develop the marketing aspects of the business," said Farhad Daghighian, president and chief scientist of IntraMedical Imaging LLC, which won a $112,000 award.
L.A.-based IntraMedical has created handheld devices that allow surgeons to detect whether every last bit of a tumor has been removed. Hospitals would be the primary customers for the company's scanner, which is being developed in conjunction with some major cancer centers, including Sloan Kettering.
IntraMedical will use its grant money to hire business and marketing staff, with plans to sell the scanners within a year.
Protein Pathways Inc. will use its $200,000 grant to market its method of identifying proteins in genetic codes.
The Westwood-based company compares proteins found in newly mapped-out human genetic codes to the codes found in other organisms, to see if there are similarities or correlations, said Jennifer Kelly, who handles business development for Protein Pathways.
The other grant winners this year include:
-Torrance-based Intelligent Optical Systems Inc., which will use its $200,000 grant to commercialize one of its many optical fiber sensors, a hydrogen sensor that can be used to help convert hydrogen molecules into electric power.
-Chemat Technology Inc. in Northridge, which won a $200,000 award for its timely and cost-effective method of treating contact lenses, for example, with an anti-reflection coating that eliminates glare.
-CPM Systems Inc. in Pacific Palisades, got $200,000 to market its computer software that allows doctors, patients, researchers and administrators to collect, process and analyze data.
-L.A.-based Cs3 Inc., which won $175,000 for its software that monitors computer events to help prevent servers from being overwhelmed.
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