A professor at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has received a grant to continue development of a low-cost energy storage and return prosthetic foot. Roger Gonzalez, PE, PhD, UTEP department chair for engineering education and leadership, and president and founder of LIMBS International, was awarded one of eight grants of up to $50,000 to faculty from UTEP and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) whose work has demonstrated strong commercial potential.
The grant comes from the El Paso Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Fund that was started with a $250,000 state grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and $125,000 in matching dollars from both universities.
“The mission of the…EPIC Fund is to help our faculty innovators and entrepreneurs develop their intellectual property,” said Peter Rotwein, MD, assistant vice president of research at TTUHSC El Paso. “EPIC will allow our faculty inventors to bring their ideas and novel products to market more quickly, allowing the public to eventually benefit from their innovations.”