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Blavatnik Fund button The Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale

Please meet all of our Blavatnik Awardees, and watch some of their winning pitch presentations. 


Jeffrey Bender, M.D.

Jeffrey Bender
Robert I. Levy Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Immunobiology; Associate Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine; Director, Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, Internal Medicine

TargaCept: An miRNA Target-based Oligonucleotide for the treatment of Uveitis and Other Inflamatory Disorders.

Anton Bennett, Ph.D.

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Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Comparative Medicine; Co-Director, Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism; Director, BBS Minority Affairs

Developing a chemical drug design platform to establish rich intellectual property for a first-in-class therapeutic for the treatment of fibrosis.

Ranjit S. Bindra, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Therapeutic Radiology

Athena Therapeutics: Targetting Cancer at its core.

Jonathan Bogan, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Cell Biology

Combatting Obesity through a novel mechanism.

Demetrios Braddock, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Pathology

Net Therapeutics: Targeting NETs in Human Disease

Elliott Brown, M.D.

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Assistant Professor, Clinician Educator

A novel bone marrow aspiration device that limits blood contamination and maximizes stem cell recovery.

Sidi Chen, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

MAEGI Medicine: New Paradigm of Immune Gene Therapy.

Joseph N. Contessa, MD, PhD

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Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and of Pharmacology; Co-Leader, Radiobiology and Radiotherapy, Yale Cancer Center; Vice Chair for Basic Science Research, Therapeutic Radiology; Chief, Central Nervous System Radiotherapy Program, Therapeutic Radiology

Apira: Developing Therapeutic OST inhibitors

John Deacon Ph.D.

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Associate Research Scientist

Cytosolics: Targeting Cancer Drugs.

Barbara Ehrlich, Ph.D.

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Professor of Pharmacology and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

NCS1 - A New Target for Wolfram Syndrome.

Jonathan Ellman, PhD

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Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology

A novel chemistry approach to target p53 mutation in human cancer. (Co-Pitch with Ya Ha, Ph.D.)

Michael Giradri, M.D., FAAD

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Professor of Dermatology; Dermatology; Director, Residency Program; Vice Chair; Director, T32 Research Fellowship Program

A multi-functional bioadhesive nanoparticle platform that has the potential to revolutionize the suncare industry.

Peter M. Glazer, M.D., Ph.D.

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Robert E. Hunter Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Professor of Genetics; Chair, Department of Therapeutic Radiology

Antibody meditated Gene Editing.

Anjelica Gonzalez, PhD

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Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Aero Therapeutics: Preclinical Validation of a Low-Cost Versatile Respirator

Ya Ha, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Pharmacology

A novel chemistry approach to target p53 mutation in human cancer. (Co-Pitch with Jonathan Ellman, PhD)

Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D.

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Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Cynaxis: Immunological Approach to Provide Drug Access to the CNS.

Naftali Kaminski, M.D.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Vittix Therapeutics: Curing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis with Thyroid Hormone Mimetics.

Mustafa Khokha, MD

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Professor with Tenure of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)

Small Molecule Regulation of β-catenin Nuclear Transport: New Targets Against Cancer

Mark A. Lemmon, Ph.D., FRS

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David A. Sackler Professor of Pharmacology; Associate Cancer Center Director for Basic Science, Yale Cancer Center; Co-director, Cancer Biology Institute

Drugging Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. (Pitch By Ashtekar, Kumar)

Nikhil Malvankar

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Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Faster, Reliable & Scalable DNA Sequencing using Biomolecular Electronics

Choukri Ben Mamoun, Ph.D.

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Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

EliV5: First in class Antifungal Agents.

Virtus Therapeutics: A Novel Therapy for Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration

Andrew Miranker, Ph.D.

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Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Breaking toxin propagation in multiple system atrophy.

Anna M. Pyle, Ph.D.

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Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry; Director, Division of Biological Sciences

Intronistat Therapeutics: Nontoxic Antifungals That Target RNA.

Aaron Ring, M.D., Ph.D.

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Asst. Prof of Immunobiology

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Inflammation and Cell Death in Sepsis.

Engineered Cytokines for Cancer Immunotherapy

Faye Rogers, PhD

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Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Therapeutic Radiology; Associate Director, Yale MD-PhD Program; Director, Yale BioMed Amgen Scholars Program

TargetGene Therapeutics: Direct Targeting of Amplified Cancer Driver Genes as a Therapeutic Strategy

W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D.

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Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering & Physiology

A multi-functional bioadhesive nanoparticle platform.

Alanna Schepartz, Ph.D.

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Sterling Professor of Chemistry

Cell-Permeable Miniature Proteins:  Therapeutic proteins for all.

David Spiegel, M.D., Ph.D., A.B.

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Professor of Chemistry

MODA Pharmaceuticals: Targeted Elimination Platform for Pathogenic Extracellular Proteins.

Stephen Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D.

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Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair; Director, Memory Disorders Clinic; Director, Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Developing select inhibitors to slow, halt or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

Andrew Xiao, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor Tenure

Developing therapeutics around a novel epigenetic mechanism aimed at end-stage tumors.