Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and guidelines that promote the compliant, ethical, and responsible design, conduct, reporting, and reviewing of research in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.


Notary Publics


Barbara Aebel barbara@wustl.edu School of Medicine
Cecily Hawksworth cecilyhawksworth@wustl.edu Danforth Campus
Carol Lane carol.lane@wustl.edu School of Medicine
Jackie Lorrainne jlorrainne@wustl.edu Danforth Campus
Denise Soehngen soehngend@wustl.edu School of Medicine
Gina Smutz gsmutz@wustl.edu 4240 Duncan, Cortex
Liz Wolfson ewolfson@wustl.edu Danforth Campus
Sheryl Wunderlich wunderlichs@wustl.edu School of Medicine

LEAP Program

The Bear Cub Fund, now known as the LEAP Program, was initiated by the Vice Chancellor for Research to support faculty in translational studies not normally supported by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other sources.  The LEAP Program is now run by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The LEAP Program has moved to a four-month process repeating three times yearly, allowing for faster results for applicants and greater flexibility in participation. The program is open to all Washington University inventors with invention disclosures on file with OTM. LEAP Program offers the following:

  • Up to $250,000 in tranched awards annually
  • In-kind services from the Skandalaris Center, OTM, CRIB, and BioGenerator including, but not limited to, SBIR/STTR assistance, IP analysis, and mentorship
  • Training and skills sessions for translating academic research to commercialization
  • One-on-one assistance in developing investor pitches and executive summaries
  • Participation in a networking event hosting local investors, entrepreneurs, and community members


ICTS has been established through major funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award program. The Institute is comprised of 15 key programs that will support the following specific aims:

  • Provide the infrastructure, resources and services needed to stimulate and facilitate the performance of outstanding, safe and ethical interdisciplinary research
  • Create a centralized home for Clinical and Translational Research Training and Career Development Programs for multiple disciplines
  • Establish inter-institutional partnerships for clinical research and training with community, academic health care and industrial organizations in the St. Louis region

For more information, please visit the ICTS website.

Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Skandalaris Center is a cross-campus and community-wide initiative serving students and faculty in seven schools at the university. Their goal is to ignite entrepreneurial interest and foster a collaborative learning environment and open discussion of ideas. All ideas are welcome, whether in business, science, law, art, architecture, engineering, medicine or social work. With few exceptions, Skandalaris Center programs are open to all and provide many free opportunities for students and faculty to connect with and learn from each other

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