Sep 052011
 
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1) Solve the problem of pet overpopulation, and 2) Secure a $25 million prize

Across the world, scientists from more than a dozen institutions are harnessing cutting-edge technology to develop a non-surgical sterilant for dogs and cats. They hope their innovative experiments will pay off in two ways: 1) Solve the problem of pet overpopulation, and 2) Secure a $25 million prize.

In 2008, Found Animals Foundation announced the launch of its unique Michelson Prize & Grants program, named after Found Animals’ creator Dr. Gary Michelson, a billionaire orthopedic spinal surgeon who wants to see a decrease in the 4+ million animals euthanized each year in U.S. shelters. In addition to the $25 million incentive to the first person to successfully develop a nonsurgical method for sterilizing cats and dogs, the Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology offers a maximum of $50 million in funding for promising research in pursuit of non-surgical sterilization technology.

Found Animals has received more than 150 letters of intent for the Michelson Grants, and has invited more than 50 investigators to submit full grant proposals. To date, 15 grants have been approved totaling more than $6 million in funding for research that includes nanocontainers and the latest in gene silencing technology from labs in Argentina to California.

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