Yong (Tiger) Zhang Awarded USC Stevens Technology Advancement Grant

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the USC School of Pharmacy, received a $50,000 Technology Advancement Grant (TAG) from the USC Stevens Center for his project titled “Pharmacology of Immunotherapeutic Exosomes.”

The TAG Program provides proof-of-concept funding for early-stage technologies invented at USC to increase the likelihood of commercialization.

Zhang and his team have developed an innovative form of cancer immunotherapeutic inspired by naturally occurring exosome nanoparticles.

“The grant enables us to leverage the findings and data to strengthen the existing intellectual property developed at USC and further increase the potential for commercialization,” Zhang explained. “I’m truly grateful to USC Stevens Center for Innovation for its generous support and recognition of the significance and potential of our technology.”