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Contact: Megan Hill
Idaho Commerce
Idaho Commerce Announces Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant Award
BOISE, Idaho—Friday, June 30, 2017—The Idaho Department of Commerce is pleased to announce the latest recipient of an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant. IGEM funds are awarded to Idaho research universities to partner with industry leaders on research projects geared toward commercialization.

On June 21, 2017, the IGEM Council approved funding for a commercialization research project between Idaho State University and industry partner, Fi-Ber Sports, Inc. Idaho State University will receive $111,453 to conduct an independent biomechanical assessment on impact reduction and injury avoidance provided by a new protective hockey shield. In addition, ISU researchers will evaluate HOPlite Skate Armor’s™ performance against its competitors in the market.

“Idaho State University is pleased and proud to be working in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and Fi-ber Sports on this unique project,” said Cornelis Van Der Schyf, ISU vice president for research. “This type of collaboration between a public research institution, a state department and the private sector is essential in growing Idaho’s economy.”

“Technology offers us a compelling and exciting opportunity in modern medical innovation,” said Megan Ronk, director of Idaho Commerce. “I am excited for the outcome of this project and the vast impact it can have in the future of sports medicine.”

During Fiscal Year 2017, the IGEM Council has awarded a total of $979,572 to commercialization research projects benefitting the State of Idaho. Funds are appropriated annually by the Idaho State Legislature.

IGEM’s new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017. For program and application information, visit


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