UNM Rainforest Innovations

The Gap Fund @ UNM works to support the development of UNM technology to increase its chances of being successfully licensed by industry or a startup company. This year marks the thirteenth call for proposals for early-stage, unlicensed UNM technology previously disclosed to UNM Rainforest Innovations.

Proposals are reviewed by the Gap Fund @ UNM Committee comprised of UNM, UNM Rainforest Innovations, and business community members. They are evaluated based on merit and uniqueness of the technology as well as its potential for commercialization. Each proposal can be funded up to $25,000.

The proposals selected for funding includes the following:

PI Name

Proposal Title


Funds Awarded

Sascha Alles, PhD, Assistant Professor

Stem Cell Derived Nociceptors from Chronic Pain Patients for Personalized Drug Screening of Non-Addictive Analgesics

School of Medicine: Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine


Sakineh Chabi, PhD, Assistant Professor

Advancing Silicon Carbide Nano-semiconductor Technology

School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Nathan Morrell, MD, Associate Professor

PICA – Prosthetic Implant for CMC Arthritis

School of Medicine: Department of Orthopaedics Surgery – Hand


Christina Salas, PhD, Associate Professor

Lower-Extremity Guided and Assisted Rehabilitation Device (L.E.G.A.R.D.)

School of Medicine: Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation


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