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11 U.S. Patents Issued to UNM Rainforest Innovations for UNM Technologies in July, August, and September

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued eleven U.S. patents to UNM Rainforest Innovations during the months of July, August, and September for technologies invented at the University of New Mexico. The patents, issued during UNM Rainforest Innovations’ 2021 fiscal first quarter, are for a variety of technologies created by researchers in the Departments of Pharmacy; Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Pathology; Chemical & Nuclear Engineering; Electrical & Computer …Read More

Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D.

Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D. Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center Member, Center for Infectious Disease and Immunity The University of New Mexico 2017 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW As a 2017 Innovation Fellow, Dr. Chackerian is recognized as a pioneering innovator in developing the next generation of vaccines for viruses, pathogens and chronic diseases and a dedicated mentor to the next generation of vaccine researchers. Dr. …Read More

From ramen to riches: Students pitch business ideas for seed funding

Video pitches due Nov. 16 Living in the “new normal” is going to take new ideas, new products, and new entrepreneurs. And the Rainforest Pitch Competition is where to find them. The event will be an all-virtual this fall, but the prizes will be real! UNM’s Innovation Academy and UNM Rainforest Innovations (formally STC.UNM) are again partnering to offer this modified opportunity for students to pitch business or product ideas …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations and UNM’s Innovation Academy Awarded Supplemental Funding for NSF I-Corps Site Program

UNM Rainforest Innovations, the technology transfer and economic development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM), and the Innovation Academy, UNM’s innovative program for entrepreneurial students, announced that they have been awarded supplemental funding to support their National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site in the amount of $99,543. These additional funds will allow the organizations to extend their existing programs and provide additional mentoring to prepare teams for the …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Board Chair Wins 2020 Indigenous Excellence Award

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) announced that Sandra Begay, the UNM Rainforest Innovations Board Chair, has been awarded the 2020 Indigenous Excellence Award. Sandra Begay is the Sandia National Laboratories R&D Researcher – Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Board Chair of UNM Rainforest Innovations, and a Regent of the UNM Board of Regents. The annual AISES Professional Awards Program recognizes the significant contributions of Indigenous innovators …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Hosts Its First Virtual Innovation Showcase

UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly STC.UNM) hosted its first virtual Innovation Showcase on August 26 featuring the latest developments in research and technology from the University of New Mexico. The showcase was well received and kicked off with welcoming remarks from Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer of UNM Rainforest Innovations. Six researchers from the University of New Mexico were invited to pitch their technologies via Zoom to a …Read More

2020 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize Awarded to Frank Martinez

Frank Martinez, a former UNM Rainforest Innovations Board Member, was named a lifetime achievement awardee of the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize. Mr. Martinez retired in 2012 as a visiting research scholar in the Department of Architecture & Planning at the University of New Mexico. The Peace Prize is administered annually by the University of New Mexico Foundation and recognizes UNM student, faculty, staff, alumnus, and retirees who promote peace, …Read More

Prominent Bayh-Dole Supporter Passes Away

A prominent Bayh-Dole supporter, Betsy Ancker-Johnson (1927-2020) has recently passed away. Betsy was a strong supporter of the patent system and chaired the Interagency Committee on patent policy where she was an advocate for the pre Bayh-Dole “Institutional Patents Agreements” IPA. This gave patent ownership to universities with technology transfer capabilities. Under Betsy’s leadership the IPA program was extended from the National Institutes of Health for all agencies to use. …Read More

David S. Peabody, Ph.D.

David S. Peabody, Ph.D. Professor Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center The University of New Mexico 2017 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW As a 2017 STC Innovation Fellow, Dr. Peabody is recognized as a pioneering innovator in developing the next generation of vaccines for viruses, pathogens and chronic diseases and as a dedicated mentor to the next generation of vaccine researchers. His work focuses on developing a new …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Technology Showcase

On August 26, UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly STC.UNM) will host a virtual Innovation Showcase to feature the latest developments in research and technology from the University of New Mexico. Six researchers will present on both life-science and physical-science technologies. This virtual event will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry representatives to learn more about commercialization opportunities. UNM Rainforest Innovations is the technology-transfer and economic-development organization for the University of New Mexico …Read More