August 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $900,000 in HHS Grants to Improve Quality of Life for Nevada Families

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced two grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) totaling $902,720. The first grant of $155,150 was awarded to the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division for their Lifespan Respite Care Integration and Sustainability Program which coordinates systems of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children and adults of all ages with special needs. The second grant of $747,570 was awarded to Strykagen Corporation, a Reno based biopharmaceutical company devoted to the development of transforming therapeutics and diagnostics for life-threatening rare muscle diseases. 

“Not only will this new grant funding enhance respite services in our state, but it will also help the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division achieve its goal to transform the way people access long-term supports and services in the Silver State. I’m also proud to announce a separate grant included in this round of HHS funding that will support Strykagen’s revolutionary research in finding treatments for today’s unmet medical needs. I’m committed to ensuring our state continues to receive the federal funding it needs to support groundbreaking medical research and improve the quality of care for all Nevadans.”


The State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division’s grant funding comes from the Administration for Community Living. The Lifespan Respite Care Program was authorized by Congress in 2006 under Title XXIX of the Public Health Service Act.

Strykagen’s grant funding is administered by the National Institutes of Health, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. More information on Strykagen’s SBIR & STTR grant funding can be found here.