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"This is a great quest and we are proud to be a part of it. We owe it to our four-legged friends, and at the same time, the technologies we are developing may also help cancer patients." -R. Scott Struthers, PhD, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Michelson Grant Recipient
SF GATE - $25 Million Prize to Curb Pet Overpopulation

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.

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THE PALM BEACH POST - Scripps Researcher Puts in Hours Looking for One-Dose Animal Sterilant

For the past year, Dr. William Ja has spent long hours in his Scripps Research Institute lab working on a non-surgical sterilant for animals. It doesn’t hurt that there’s $25 million in prize money at stake.

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THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE - Drugmaker Works to Sterilize Pets Without Surgery

On the surface, ovarian cancer drug developer Crinetics Pharmaceuticals and the Found Animals Foundation seem to have little in common.

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JAVMA NEWS - Millions Awarded in Search for Nonsurgical Sterilant

The search for a nonsurgical sterilant for dogs and cats has been fueled by more than $6 million in research grants since 2008 when a $25 million prize was offered to the first person to successfully develop a method of chemically castrating pets.

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THE DAILY PROGRESS - UVa Researcher Vying for $25M Sterilization Prize

John Herr spends every day thinking about and working toward finding a non-surgical method to sterilize dogs and cats. He has good reason to — there’s a $25 million prize at stake.

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VET STREET - The $75 Million Dollar Question: How to Spay or Neuter Without Surgery

Let’s say there was a way for you to spay your cat without subjecting her to surgery. Would you do it? Would you neuter your dog via pill or injection?

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HSUS ANIMAL SHELTERING - Million-Dollar Ideas

Michelson Prize and Grants program spurs research into nonsurgical spay/neuter.

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DOGSTER - Foundation Offers Massive Prize for Technique that Might Render Spays and Neuters Unnecessary

Anyone who has ever used treats or praise to train a canine companion knows that dogs respond to incentives. I’m sure you’re aware from your own experience that humans do, too.

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DOG CHANNEL - A $75 Million Race to Aid Dogs and Cats

One of the world’s great scientific prizes has a simple-sounding mission: Develop a treatment, maybe a shot or pill, that is inexpensive and eliminates the need for expensive surgery to spay or neuter a cat or dog.

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LOS ANGELES TIMES - Scientific Research Increasingly Fueled by Prize Money

Prize sponsors, like those in centuries past, say that offering financial incentives gets new people thinking about old problems.

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