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UNM Technology Startup Avisa Diagnostics Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Avisa Diagnostics, a startup commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico, announced recently that Richard K. Murray, M.D. has joined their team as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Murray is an experienced pulmonologist with over 25 years of industry experience. He previously served as Vice President and Deputy Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co. and is a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He has …Read More

Kiran Bhaskar, Ph.D.

Kiran Bhaskar, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department of Neurology Co-Director, Brain and Behavioral Health Institute (BBHI) Co-Director, New Mexico Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (NM-ADRC – Exploratory) Dr. Bhaskar’s laboratory studies brain inflammation in driving Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. His lab is developing and testing novel vaccines for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bhaskar also directs the Scientific Core in the recently funded New Mexico ADRC and …Read More

Pajarito Powder Rapidly Expanding Operations

Local startup Pajarito Powder, LLC is rapidly expanding their operations in order to keep up with new market interest and commercial sales. In 2020, their commercial sales had doubled in comparison to 2019 sales and a recent $9.4 million investment round is helping them expand to meet new demand. South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company led the investment round and is also helping to fund their expansion. Pajarito Powder …Read More

Albuquerque Business First Interviews Pajarito Powder’s CEO and Discuss Company’s Future Plans

Albuquerque Business First recently interviewed Tom Stephenson, CEO and co-founder of Pajarito Powder, LLC, on their recent $9.4 million investment round and their future plans for the company. The Albuquerque-based startup is commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Lab and manufactures advanced catalysts for protein-exchange membrane (PEM) and alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers. Among one of the investors in Pajarito’s recent investment round …Read More

Thesis Publication Embargo to Protect Intellectual Property Rights

Obtaining a patent on an invention requires that the invention not be publicly disclosed anywhere else in the world prior to filing a patent application. Any public disclosure prior to filing a patent application will prevent patenting in countries around the world, with the exception of the United States. The U.S. has a one-year grace period for filing a patent application after an inventor’s publication is made public. Even though …Read More

Statewide Economic Impact Report quantifies UNM’s economic impact in 2020

A recently completed report analyzed the entire University of New Mexico system and quantified its impact on the New Mexico economy in academic year 2020. As one of New Mexico’s major employers, UNM enhances workforce productivity, improves quality of life, stimulates innovation, and drives economic growth statewide. The entire UNM system includes Albuquerque Main Campus, Health Sciences Center, Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, and the four branch campuses …Read More

Technology Trends Featured in Recent Technology Showcase

On August 17, UNM Rainforest Innovations (UNMRI) hosted a Technology Showcase featuring key technology trends in life-science and physical-science technologies developed at the University of New Mexico. Six innovators presented their inventions to invited entrepreneurs, investors, and companies. Opening remarks were given by Lisa Kuutila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer at UNM Rainforest Innovations. The life-science technology presentations were moderated by Gregg Banninger, Ph.D., Innovation Manager of Life Sciences …Read More

UNM Startup Receives Series-B Investment from Hyundai Motor

Pajarito Powder, LLC, a local startup commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico and LANL, has received Series-B funding from Hyundai Motor Company. The company is developing advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells and eletrolyzers. Pajarito currently manufacturer catalysts for use with proton-exchange membranes (PEM) and alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers. They also manufacture a Precious-Metal-Free catalyst for fuel cells. See Pajarito Powder’s August 4 press release, “Hydrogen and …Read More

Kathryn M. Frietze, Ph.D.

Kathryn M. Frietze, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center Dr. Frietze’s research areas include: Investigating the specificity of antibody responses to infectious diseases Developing vaccines against infectious diseases Developing vaccines against drugs of abuse (including oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine) to treat Opioid Use Disorder and prevent overdose PENDING U.S. PATENT APPLICATIONS (UNM-AFFILIATED) Virus-Like Particle Vaccines for Opioid Drugs Bacteriophage Virus-Like …Read More

The University of New Mexico is Among Top 100 Worldwide Institutions Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2020

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2020, according to a report published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee on the issued patent. This annual …Read More