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David Whitten honored as 2020 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow

Article by Savanah Romero and Rachel Whitt UNM Rainforest Innovations (formally STC.UNM) announced its 2020 Innovation Fellow – an individual whose work is not only driven by the pursuit of innovation and knowledge, but also by the objective of positively impacting our society. David Whitten has more than 50 years of experience as a scientist and an academic. He joined The University of New Mexico in 2005 and has since …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

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

The University of New Mexico Ranks 2nd on Innovation Impact Report

A report released from the Bush Institute and Opus Faveo ranks the University of New Mexico 2nd among mid-sized research universities for innovation impact productivity. This is a substantial national ranking for the university. The report measures the impact universities and research institutions have on the U.S. economy and society based on their innovation. They rank institutions for overall innovation output and separately for productivity in converting research inputs (measured …Read More

UNM Startup BennuBio Receives $1 Million NIH Grant

UNM startup BennuBio, Inc. recently announced they have won a $1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to further develop their superfast, multi-sample cytometry technology. The technology was developed by Professor Steven Graves and colleagues from the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Graves is the President and CEO of the company. Over the past seven months, BennuBio has worked to advance …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

USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

Press Release from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one million issued patents and three years of new data, and it provides further insights into …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