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Local Startups Struggle Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Over the past several months, the local startup community has faced unprecedented hardships amid the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. economy has taken a devastating blow as stores are forced to halt operations in order to slow the spread of the virus and states are issuing stay-at-home orders. Among the most affected are small businesses that lack the funding and resources to draw on during these difficult times. See Kevin Robinson-Avila’s …Read More

UNM Startup GPER G-1 Development Group Receives STTR Grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) via the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has awarded a $300,000 grant to GPER G-1 Development Group to support their project, “Development of an innovative diabetes therapeutic via GPER targeting.” GPER G-1 Development Group is a drug discovery and development company with the primary goal of advancing novel drug candidates that target GPER. The company has licensed a collection …Read More

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $300,000 in CARES Act Funding to Boost University of New Mexico Capacity to Help Communities and Businesses Respond to and Recover from Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday, July 17, 2020 Contact: John Atwood JAtwood@eda.gov WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $300,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to boost their capacity to support regional economic development strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Trump Administration is eager to allocate these essential CARES Act funds and deliver on our …Read More

UNM Startup Avisa Pharma to go Public on Toronto Exchange

Local startup company Avisa Pharma, Inc. has announced that this summer it is planning to go public on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto. Avisa Pharma, Inc. was formed to commercialize Dr. Graham Timmins’ breath-test technology for early detection and treatment of lung infections. The company developed a rapid, 10-minute, point-of-care biomarker breath test for the detection and monitoring of bacterial pneumonia and other pulmonary infections. This would allow doctors …Read More

STC.UNM Announces Company Name Change to UNM Rainforest Innovations

Effective today, July 1, 2020, STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development organization for the University of New Mexico, has changed its name to UNM Rainforest Innovations. After operating for 25 years under the name STC.UNM, this organization has grown from a staff of just two in 1995 to a university technology-transfer and economic-development program with national and international stature. They have evolved to provide services far beyond technology-transfer support and now …Read More

C. Jeffrey Brinker, Ph.D.

C. Jeffrey Brinker, Ph.D. Distinguished and Regents’ Professor Emeritus Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Member, Comprehensive Cancer Center The University of New Mexico 2015 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW As a 2015 Rainforest Fellow, Dr. Brinker is internationally recognized for his work in advanced materials and as a pioneer in developing sol-gel processing, a method for making inorganic materials molecule by molecule. Over the past two decades he and his research team have developed …Read More

9 U.S. Patents Issued to STC for UNM Technologies in April, May, and June

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued nine U.S. patents to STC during the months of April, May, and June for technologies invented at the University of New Mexico. The patents, issued during STC’s 2020 fiscal 4th quarter, are for a variety of technologies created by researchers in the Departments of Cell Biology & Physiology; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Internal Medicine; Chemical and Nuclear Engineering; Chemical and Biological …Read More

Tapping into Native Business Resilience Seminar Offers Support for Native American Entrepreneurs and Business Community

On June 22, the New Mexico Rainforest EDA University Center hosted its June seminar on “Tapping into Native Business Resilience Moving Forward.” This webinar discussion was led by entrepreneur and UNM-Gallup University Center Mentor Vanessa Roanhorse, from Roanhorse Consulting. Vanessa was joined by Liz Gamboa and Jake Foreman from New Mexico Community Capital to discuss various ways in which Native American communities have overcome adversity throughout the years and how …Read More

The University of New Mexico is Among Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2019

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2019, according to a report published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). The report uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation. The report ranks the University of New Mexico 61st among …Read More

Company started by UNM professor receives $1.25 million grant

By Kim Delker May 30, 2020 A solar energy company started by a professor at The University of New Mexico has received a $1.25 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance a technology that could add significant life to solar panels. Osazda Energy was started in 2017 by Sang M. Han, professor of chemical and biological engineering at UNM. The company developed a …Read More