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Awards, Honors, and Grants


January 18, 2019

Fichorova Wins NIH Small Business Innovation Research Award


Raina Fichorova, MD, PhD


Raina Fichorova, MD, PhD, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the development of Sage Gel, a biome-friendly vaginal moisturizer to relieve genitourinary menopausal symptoms (GSM) in postmenopausal women.

The SBIR program serves as a source of capital for early-stage U.S. small businesses creating innovative technologies to improve health. Grants and funding from the program help businesses break into the federal research and development area, create lifesaving technologies and stimulate economic growth.

The development of Sage Gel will be led by Fairhaven Health, a product development company focused on promoting fertility, pregnancy wellness and breastfeeding success. Fichorova will serve as the academic investigator on the project and will oversee its safety testing.

NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and serves as the country’s largest medical research agency.