Kiju Lee receives funding from Ohio Third Frontier, CWRU Technology Validation & Startup Fund Program

Kiju Lee

Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded new funding from both the Ohio Third Frontier Commission and Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Validation & Startup Fund Program.

Lee received Ohio Third Frontier funding for an automated, cube game-based diagnostic for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older adults. Current diagnostic techniques for MCI and AD require administration and analysis by specialized health care professionals. Lee’s technology reduces costs and eliminates subjectivity of these current techniques.

She is also the PI of a new grant from the CWRU Technology Validation & Start-Up Fund Program, entitled “Interactive e-Cube games for Routine Cognitive Assessment of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease.” The total project budget is $86,000, with direct funding of $43,000 and the rest through a 1:1 cost match provided by the TTO Investment Funds ($16K), the Coulter Pilot Award ($25K awarded before), and other sources, for the period of 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019.

The project will conduct a market research and develop a business model for the novel game technology, called “e-Cube,” for automated routine cognitive assessment of older adults with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease.