Mirkin receives new $2.5 million NIH grant

Oct. 6, 2004 – Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University professor and co-founder of two nanotech companies, has received a $2.5-million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to a news release.

Mirkin, whose research led to the creation of Chicago-area firms Nanosphere Inc. and NanoInk Inc., was among nine out of 1,350 nominees to receive the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The new award is designed to support highly innovative ideas and approaches to critically important scientific questions, the release said.

Among Mirkin’s plans for the cash infusion: explore further applications for his ultra-sensitive protein detection technology first reported in September 2003 issue of the journal Science. His nanoparticle-based biodetection techniques have been licensed to Nanosphere for commercial development in diagnostics and life sciences.


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