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Olceseā€™s KynderMed receives $15,000 grant

KynderMed has earned a technology commercialization grant worth $15,000 from the Leon County Research and Development Authority for James Olcese’s sleep mask technology designed to help prevent pre-term labor.

Olcese, a biomedical sciences professor in the College of Medicine, founded KynderMed along with Don Rosenkoetter, a Florida State Research Foundation Grant Committee member, to market his technology.

The light-emitting sleep mask works to reduce pregnant women’s levels of melatonin, a hormone that has been shown to cause contractions overnight and may lead to premature birth.

The grant was awarded at Innovation Park of Tallahassee’s annual TechGrant Elevator Pitch Night on May 17.

KynderMed was one of five local companies competing for the opportunity to win one of two grants. Its top prize of $15,000 will aid KynderMed as its technology undergoes further U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing and clinical trials.

Olcese and KynderMed previously received a $300,000 investment from the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research and a $50,000 Cade Museum Prize for Innovation.