Grants Received

DiamiR, a Deer Park Drive-based provider of blood based diagnostic solutions for brain health and other conditions has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The larger of the two is a two-and-a-half-year, $3.36 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the NIH. The Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) grant is part of the NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research program and will support the development of CogniMIR, a tool with potential to assist in diagnosing and predicting the progression of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

The second award is from the NIH’s National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke and is worth $498,572 over 18 months. The funding is for a project related to biomarkers for Rett syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a genetic mutation that affects mainly females.

DiamiR, 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 102G, Monmouth Junction 08852. 917-678-0990. Kira Sheinerman, co-founder and CEO.

Princeton chemistry professor Mohammad Seyedsayamdost received a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant.

Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an associate professor of chemistry at Princeton University, was named a 2020 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient. The no-strings-attached awards, given annually to artists, scientists, and scholars for exceptional dedication and creativity within their fields, are worth $625,000 over five years.

Seyedsayamdost’s award recognizes his work on the biosynthesis of novel molecules with therapeutic properties and for promoting the discovery of new antibiotics. His focus is on bacteria, specifically the ways in which bacteria communicate with other organisms, a process he likens to a language.

In a statement following the grant announcement, he explained his work as follows:

“One of the most exciting and profound discoveries we’ve made is that oftentimes what triggers bacteria to speak these new words, if you will, are antibiotic molecules — but low doses of antibiotics. High doses will kill, whereas low doses perturb bacteria in a way that makes them produce a lot of new molecules that we haven’t seen before. The idea that you can use known antibiotics to discover entirely new ones has been a powerful concept.”

Born in Iran, Seyedsayamdost grew up in Germany and Australia and earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 and joined the Princeton faculty in 2013.

For more on Seyedsayamdost’s research visit


Campus Road-based Integra Life Sciences has announced the sale of its Extremity Orthopedics unit to Smith+Nephew, a British medical device manufacturer, for $240 million in cash.

The sale includes products for the hand and wrist as well as those used for arthroplasty, or surgical repair, of the ankle and shoulder joints.

“Smith+Nephew’s strong focus in orthopedics will enable the business to expand its reach and scale, while allowing the team to thrive in a new environment,” Integra CEO and president Peter Arduini said in a statement. “This divestiture will increase our focus on Integra’s portfolio of market-leading products in neurosurgery, surgical instrumentation and regenerative medicine, and move us closer to achieving our long-term growth and profitability targets.”

Integra Life Sciences, 1100 Campus Road, Princeton 08540. 609-275-0500. Peter Arduini, CEO.


Frances K. Johnson on October 6. She worked as an executive assistant at Princeton University for 38 years. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, October 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Nassau Street in Princeton.

Edward Kelly, 82, on October 6. He retired as the Mercer County Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.

Joseph C. Kramer, 77, on October 7. He retired from the state of New Jersey in the Ann Klein Forensic Center as an employee relations officer.

Beverly Jane Tuttle Willever, 90, on October 9. In addition to selling real estate and managing the Peyton Associates Real Estate office, she was involved with numerous community organizations including the Pennington Woman’s club, the Pennington Garden Club, Pennington Business and Professionals Association, and Common Sense Investment Club.

Frances Young Goeke, 78, on October 8. She worked for the state of New Jersey for 39 years, retiring as a principal administrative assistant to the attorney general.

Roy “Murf” Higgins, 87, on October 1. He was the president and owner of the Belle Mead Garage and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montgomery Township.

Leon Joseph Christen, 93, on September 16. The Princeton native and 1949 Princeton University alumnus returned to his hometown in 1960 to take over the family business, the famous Lahiere’s Restaurant that stood on Witherspoon Street for 91 years until closing in 2010.

Martha H. Vaughn, 85, on September 28. She volunteered with numerous Princeton-area and regional organizations, including McCarter Theater, Princeton University Art Museum, the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Hospital, NJ Neuropsychiatric Institute, and Planned Parenthood.

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