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American Universities Are Uniquely Positioned to Ensure U.S. Leads Socially and Economically

Best University Startups for 2016 to Participate in University Startups Demo Day at Congress September 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – August 29, 2016 – The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university startup officers, will hold its first University Startups Demo Day at Congress on September 20, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Universities create over 800 startups each year around the country, and 200 companies were submitted and screened to find the “Best University Startups 2016.” These companies are the most exciting early-stage companies presented by the country’s great universities.

“To lead the world in the 21st Century, our nation must have a sustained commitment to education, scientific research, and startups,” says Tony Stanco, NCET2 executive director, “and American universities are uniquely positioned to deliver on all three to ensure the U.S. continues to lead socially and economically in this century, as it did in the last.”

While everyone is familiar with the dominant position of American universities in two of the three pillars, education and research, little attention has been drawn to the revolutionary transformation occurring at universities to build campus-wide innovation ecosystems. Universities have quietly hired startup officers to help students, researchers and alumni create and fund innovative social and for-profit startups. And, at the same time, they have been establishing new innovation districts on their campuses to nurture and incubate these American dreamers. If you walk onto a university campus today you will find unheralded doers and makers solving the world’s most pressing problems, from remotely powered medical devices to regenerative medicine, and from IoT building solutions to alternative sustainable coatings and materials.

The University Startups Demo Day is the university community’s opportunity to show the nation how far it’s come in its bold, new vision for the future of the university, and how that vision is central to national competitiveness and economic growth, peace and prosperity. The University Startups presenting at the Demo Day have individual stories to tell about the good work they are doing to create jobs, serve humanity and leave the world a better place for the next generation.

Avisa Pharma, a New Mexico startup commercializing diagnostic breath test technology developed at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has been selected as a “Best University Startups 2016” company by NCET2.  The company was cofounded by CEO David Joseph and UNM faculty member Dr. Graham Timmins.  The breath test is quick and non-invasive.  It measures the presence of the urease enzyme found in certain bacteria that cause pulmonary infection using a proprietary, nebulized drug inhaled by the patient.  The technology is targeted at emergency rooms, hospital floor units and intensive care units where serious cases of pneumonia are seen and antibiotic resistant superbugs are more likely to be present. The test will aid clinical decision making on use and choice of antibiotics within 10 minutes.

For more information about the University Startups Demo Day  and the companies selected, go http://ncet2.org/.



Ria P. Ancheta-Adrias
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
Associate Director
Email: mediacontact@ncet2.org | Twitter: @USDemoDay