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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

UNM Rainforest Innovations Receives CARES Act Grant to Expand EDA University Center

UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly STC.UNM), the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization, announced that it has received a $300,000 CARE Act Recovery Assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will help expand current business support through technical assistance, online courses and seminars, and virtual mentoring to help respond to the unusual and compelling urgency of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cornoavirus Aid, …Read More

New USPTO Report Released on Women’s Participation in the U.S. Innovation Economy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a report called “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” which offers some interesting findings on the participation of women in America’s intellectual property systems and innovation community. One encouraging finding was that the number of women entering the patent system has continued to rise. The report utilizes new data collected from PatentsView, an online platform for visualizing, disseminating, and promoting …Read More

Gabriel P. López, Ph.D.

Gabriel P. López, Ph.D. Vice President for Research Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Founding Director and Member, Center for Biomedical Engineering The University of New Mexico 2016 RAINFOREST INNOVATION FELLOW A great innovator innovates everywhere. As the 2016 STC Innovation Fellow, this is particularly true of Dr. López who was recognized for his innovative technologies and leadership at UNM. His technologies are unique micro- and nanomaterials and devices that …Read More

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