Translational Product Development Fund


The Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) supports the advancement of projects that have the potential to be commercialized, such as projects that aim to form a start-up company or create a license agreement with an established commercial entity. 

CTSI and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) established TPDF in conjunction with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP). Ultimately, the program aims to impact the lives of Minnesotans by translating research discoveries into new therapies and treatment approaches for patients.

Request for proposals

This mandatory LOI period for this program has closed. View the RFA and documents associated with this most recent application cycle. 



Grace Lin, MD, Mayo Clinic, and Paul Friedman, MD, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Ambulatory Noninvasive Measurement of Potassium in Patients with Cardiac and Renal Disease to Prevent Rehospitalization

Gregory J. Beilman, MD, Medical School, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota

Project title: Preclinical Development of Beta-hydroxybutyrate/Melatonin (BHB/M) for the Treatment of Trauma-induced Acute Blood Loss


Cycle 1

Samuel Asirvatham, MD, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, and David R. Holmes, Jr., MD, MaCC, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Combination Radiofrequency and Electroporation Energy for Balloon-Based Ablation and Drug Delivery: A Novel Treatment Modality for Atrial Fibrillation

Barry Borlaug, MD, Department of Medicine/Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Minimally Invasive Pericardial Resection to Treat Heart Failure

Sven-Ulrik Gorr, PhD, College of Dentistry, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Project title: A Novel Antimicrobial Peptide for Drug-resistant Bacterial Infections

Valerie Pierre, PhD, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota andRobin Patel, MD, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Novel Biotechnology for Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Bacterial Infection

David Potter, MD, Medical School, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, and Robert Schumacher, PhD, Center for Translational Medicine, University of Minnesota

Project title: Development of Hexyl-Benzyl-Biguanide for Breast Cancer Therapeutics

Cycle 2

Kenneth Beckman, PhD, and Daryl Gohl, PhD,  University of Minnesota Genomics Center, University of Minnesota

Project title: Micrometer: Next-generation Standards for Microbiome Analysis

Kathleen A. Harder, PhD, University of Minnesota Center for Design in Health, and Ognjen Gajic, MD, MS,  Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Pilot Implementation of Cloud-based Electronic Checklist to Improve Daily ICU Rounds in Rural Access Hospitals

Steven Koester, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, and Bruce Gerbi, PhD, Medical School, Department of Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota

Project title: Development of Ultrasmall Wireless Radiation Sensors for In Vivo dosimetry in Cancer Therapy

Gregory J. Beilman, MD, Medical School, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, and David Morris, MD, Department of Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic

Project title: Fiber-optic Tube Thoracostomy Trocar for Improved Patient Chest Drainage

Contact us

Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni
Project Manager
Office of Discovery and Translation