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UNM Startup Pajarito Powder Raises $9.4 Million Investment

Pajarito Powder LLC, an Albuquerque startup commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico and LANL, disclosed a new $9.4 million investment round. The company filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and noted there were a total of 24 investors. Pajarito Powder manufactures advanced catalysts for PEM and alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers. Their materials feature greater durability and stability over the lifetime of …Read More

OptiPulse Wins Award at Virtual 2021 Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum for Technology Pitch

OptiPulse, Inc. announced that they have received an award during a pitch competition at the virtual 2021 Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum. Hosted by Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida, the event took place on June 10 and featured a guest list of innovative companies, leaders in aerospace technology, and panel speakers. OptiPulse’s patented technology addresses current connectivity issues relating to last mile wireless connections and long-distance infrastructure. Their technology …Read More

Three UNM Startups Receive Funding from the State

Last week the Economic Development Department announced the recipients of the Science & Technology Business Start Up Grants. Three of the grants were awarded to UNM technology-based startup companies, including Avisa Diagnostics USA, Inc., Osazda Energy, and Pajarito Powder. These grants are available to New Mexico-based, for-profit science and technology companies in aerospace, biosciences, cybersecurity, intelligent manufacturing, and sustainable and green energy. There were 56 applicants for the grants and …Read More

Special Technology Showcase Featured Women Innovators from the University of New Mexico

On June 8, UNM Rainforest Innovations, in partnership with the New Mexico Technology Council, hosted a special Technology Showcase – Women in Technology Edition featuring women innovators from the University of New Mexico. The event featured six University of New Mexico women innovators presenting life-science and physical-science technologies available for commercialization. The event started with an introduction from UNM Rainforest Innovations’ CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer Lisa Kuuttila and …Read More

UNM I-Corps Site Program Trains Spring 2021 Cohort

Last week the UNM Lobo Rainforest I-Corps program completed their training of nine teams during the spring 2021 cohort. The 10-week program trains entrepreneurial-minded faculty and students from the University of New Mexico on how to transition their STEM-related technologies to the marketplace. During the program, teams learn how to determine value propositions, customers, size of market, and market trends for their respective technologies. Each team consists of an academic …Read More

Student Interns @ UNM Rainforest Innovations – Kaitlin Bunzel

UNM Rainforest Innovations has trained over a hundred UNM students over the years on university technology transfer and commercialization through its student internship program. Students develop excellent professional skills and a better understanding of the intersection of business, science, and law. These students add immense value to UNM Rainforest Innovations, and their unique backgrounds and interests diversifies our innovation ecosystem. Our featured intern this month is Kaitlin Bunzel. She joined …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Partners With New Mexico Technology Council to Host Technology Showcase – Women in Technology Edition

UNM Rainforest Innovations has partnered with the New Mexico Technology Council for a special Technology Showcase that will highlight women innovators and their technologies from the University of New Mexico. The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) holds an annual awards event to recognize outstanding women in New Mexico STEM fields for their industry and community contributions. This year the Women in Technology Awards will be streamed virtually on Thursday, June …Read More

Eva Y. Chi, Ph.D.

Eva Y. Chi, Ph.D. Professor & Regents’ Lecturer Associate Chair Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering & Center for Biomedical Engineering Member, Center for Biomedical Engineering Dr. Chi’s research areas include elucidating protein aggregation mechanisms in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and in the development of biopharmaceuticals; developing sensors for biomarkers for the early detection, tracking, and potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. ISSUED U.S. …Read More

UNM Startup Avisa Diagnostics Begins Trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange

UNM startup Avisa Diagnostics, Inc. (Avisa) announced they have begun trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE:AVBT). Last year, the startup announced their share subscription and drawdown agreement with Global Emerging Markets Limited (GEM) which would provide them access to an approximately $41 million line of equity of the next three years. This public listing now enables Avisa to access the funding which will help them complete the development and …Read More

Albuquerque Business First’s Women of Influence Awards Honors Susan Cornelius

Albuquerque Business First has announced their honorees for this year’s Women of Influence awards, including Susan Cornelius, Principal of Accelerate2Solutions. Honorees are chosen each year based on the positive impact they have made in the New Mexico business community. Ms. Cornelius has worked with UNM Rainforest Innovations for over 6 years and has provided tremendous value to our local innovation ecosystem. She serves as a site mentor for the New …Read More