Gov’t picks tech to incubate

A web app that will ease the decision-making process and a hand-held device that sniffs out bombs are among the first crop of potential products from a program that aims to turn basic science research into marketplace successes.

A total of 21 awards were handed out today to the inaugural class of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, or I–Corps, a public-private program that was announced this July to help researchers make the leap to entrepreneurship.