Bridging the Gap

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May 27, 2021

Behind the scenes of pandemic COVID-19 research

Two first-year graduate students discuss their research into SARS-CoV-2 variants

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April 23, 2021

The immune system’s role in ear infection

Dr. Peter Santa Maria continues his SPARK journey to understand and treat chronic ear infection

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March 24, 2021

SPARK team launches clinical COVID-19 biomarker study

SPARK staff lead an effort to characterize cardiovascular biomarkers of COVID-19 to better treat patients

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February 10, 2021

SPARK advisors are one of the keys to the program’s success

Advisor participation is voluntary with no compensation. So what do advisors get out of the program? In their own words.

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January 22, 2021

A neat trick – passive immunization using chicken antibodies

What is passive immunization, and why is the use of IgY antibodies from chickens in a preventative therapy so advantageous?

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December 17, 2020

A blueprint for a future pandemic

Preparing for a pandemic part 2: How nasal drops are easy and inexpensive to produce worldwide

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December 9, 2020

Preparing for the next pandemic

Nasal drops technology could be a blueprint to combat a future outbreak

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November 24, 2020

Nasal drops with chicken antibodies to prevent COVID-19 infection

SPARK is developing a unique approach to fight coronavirus, but we need your help

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October 14, 2020

Drug Discovery and its Discontents

Medicinal chemist and blogger Derek Lowe offers questions and suggestions on the state of drug discovery – how can we improve?

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August 26, 2020

Old drugs for a new virus

Stanford researchers review drug repurposing approaches that could be key to combating COVID-19

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August 5, 2020

Pharmacogenomics and deep learning

Dr. Russ Altman explores machine learning’s usefulness for predicting a gene’s effect on drug metabolism.

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July 15, 2020

What is an animal model?

Animal models of disease are crucial tools for drug development

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June 17, 2020

SPARK Zimbabwe responds to COVID-19

Our SPARK GLOBAL affiliates in Africa gave us their perspective and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 22, 2020

What is a vaccine and how is it developed?

Why will it take a year or longer for a vaccine to be ready? The answer lies in the development process.

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March 11, 2020

How does SPARK achieve a 62% success rate?

A deeper dive into what makes the program successful

SPARK bridges the gap between discovery and drug treatment through a unique partnership between university and industry experts. With a modest support of $50K/year per project and comprehensive weekly coaching by over 100 volunteer experts from industry, SPARK has achieved unprecedented success in translating early academic discoveries to solutions addressing unmet needs. Want to learn more about how SPARK can help your organization? Please visit these pages for more information:

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