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Student Interns @ UNM Rainforest Innovations – Alissia Haagenstad

UNM Rainforest Innovations (UNMRI), the technology-transfer and economic development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM), has a student internship program that teaches UNM students about university technology transfer and the intersection of business, science, and law. Over the years, UNMRI has trained over one hundred students and the internship program is comprised of a student office assistant, accounting intern, student intellectual property & disclosures assistants, and several innovation …Read More

Local Bioscience Startup Circular Genomics Raises $1.5M

Circular Genomics has recently raised $1.5 million to further expand its research and development operations and grow the company’s team. This is part of a $3.2 million offering the company first reported at the end of 2021. Circular Genomics utilizes circular RNA to determine effective treatment options for people struggling with depression and neurological disorders. This new approach can better predict a patient’s sensitivity to anti-depressants by using circular RNA …Read More

Local Language-Learning Video Game Startup Faena Awarded $10,000 Dove Grant

A local video game startup, Faena, has been gaining momentum in 2023. The startup is developing a narrative-based, language-learning video game with the goal of bringing life back to language learning. They recently received a $10,000 grant through Dove Chocolate’s InstaGrants program which is focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and their business ideas or established businesses. Last week they also opened a crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo with a goal of …Read More

Board Members @ UNM Rainforest Innovations – Dr. John Stichman

UNM Rainforest Innovations is supported and guided by the diverse, entrepreneurial, and innovative members of the Board of Directors. Members of the Board are researchers, inventors, academics, administrators, business executives, lawyers, and community leaders. The board guides UNM Rainforest Innovations in its mission to support the University of New Mexico and its partners as the source for innovation management and commercial development. The featured board member this month is Dr. …Read More

Startup Viewpoint Molecular Targeting Merges with Isoray

Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, a UNMRI startup, has merged with medical technology company Isoray, Inc. Isoray has pioneered advanced treatment applications and devices to deliver targeted internal radiation treatments for cancers throughout the body. Together with Viewpoint, they will work to advance cancer treatments using radiation, radiopharmaceuticals, and imaging technologies. Visit Viewpoint Molecular Targeting’s website here: https://viewpointmt.com/. Also visit Isoray’s website here: https://isoray.com/ See Business Wire’s February 6 article, “Isoray Completes …Read More

Entrepreneurial Students at UNM Form Consulting Company Innogility

Recent graduates from the UNM Anderson School of Management, Dharish Totiger and Mark Niederhaus, have co-founded a consulting company specializing in support for strategizing how to commercialize products and services. Dharish Totiger was a former student intern at UNM Rainforest Innovations and both him and Mark Niederhaus have been involved in various student pitch deck competitions and activities through the New Mexico Rainforest University Center. “While going through our MBA …Read More

Local Startup Flow Aluminum Joins the 2023 REACH Energy Program Accelerator

Flow Aluminum, a local startup developing low-cost energy storage systems for electric vehicles and microgrids, has been selected as part of fourteen teams to join the 2023 REACH (Regional Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hard-Tech) incubator program. Teams receive 12 months of support at no cost and a plethora of business support services including hard tech-based consulting, prototyping, testing, techno-economic analysis support, market research, and more. REACH is a hardtech accelerator …Read More

Local Startup TS-Nano Receives $200,000 SBIR Award

A local startup working to stop CO2 wellbore emissions has recently been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE). TS-Nano designs, manufactures, and applies durable nano-modified polymer sealants to a variety of sub-surfaces to seal again Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Their team has extensive experience in nanotechnology and manufacturing along with intensive engineering capabilities to solve the most challenging GHG leaks. The technology …Read More

Bidii Baby Foods Receives $100,000 Grant to Support Food Access and Programming to Navajo Nation Families

Bidii Baby Foods has been making big strides in developing their business and restoring indigenous food practices. The organic farm and agricultural cooperative has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Rural Child Hunger Research Innovation Lab to support food access and programming for Navajo Nation families. Sponsored by Save the Children, the Rural Child Hunger Research Innovation Lab supports organizations and community leaders working to make foods more accessible …Read More

UNM Short Film Drifteen Wins Best Cinematography at the LGBTQ+ Los Angeles Film Festival

Drifteen is a short film produced, shot, and cut by University of New Mexico students in the Film & Digital Arts (FDA) Department and was directed by Matthew McDuffie, Professor of Practice at UNM. The short film has won Best Cinematography at the LGBTQ+ Los Angeles Film Festival and will be shown in the Santa Fe Film Festival on February 18 at 1:30 pm. UNM Rainforest Innovations, the technology transfer …Read More