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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

STC and UNM Innovation Academy Year-End Metrics Reveal Effectiveness of Lobo Rainforest Building

The University of New Mexico’s tech transfer and economic development organization, STC.UNM, and its entrepreneurial program for students, the Innovation Academy, jumped to the next level of growth thanks to strong year-end metrics that were the result of a healthy mix of researchers, students, entrepreneurs, investors, and new and expanded programs. This high-level of activity would not have been possible without the co-location of these elements at UNM’s Lobo Rainforest …Read More

STC Year-End Metrics Show Robust Growth

Fiscal year 2019 ended on solid financial footing for STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization. Metrics for technology-transfer and commercialization activities from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, exceeded last year’s goals for disclosed inventions (125), startup companies (11), and issued patents (60).  The number of license agreements (51) signed this year with startups and companies for UNM technologies is comparable to last year’s number (52).  Of …Read More

UNM Technology Transfer Raised to New Level

With the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Lobo Rainforest Building just around the corner, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer organization, STC.UNM, is reporting a higher level of commercialization activity among faculty, students, entrepreneurs and investors.  Year-end metrics reveal a positive trend.  The 11 startups spun out this year using UNM technology are all based in New Mexico.  See Kevin Robinson-Avila’s July 10, 2018 article, “More UNM-related …Read More

STC Board Chair featured in 2018 Women in STEM Calendar

STC Board of Directors Chair Sandra Begay is featured in the 2018 New Mexico Women of STEM calendar. Ms. Begay is a Principal Member of the Sandia National Laboratory Technical Staff. She heads Sandia’s technical efforts in the DOE Renewable Energy Program to assist Native American tribes with renewable energy development.  She also created and runs the DOE/Sandia innovative summer internship program for Native American undergrad and graduate STEM students.  …Read More

Community Invited to Official Opening of Lobo Rainforest Building

A rainforest has sprung up in the middle of New Mexico’s high desert, adding new life to Albuquerque’s downtown. City, county, state and federal officials today joined The University of New Mexico and its private partners in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Lobo Rainforest Building at the Innovate ABQ site at Broadway and Central. Terry Laudick, chair of the Innovate ABQ board of directors and president of …Read More

STC.UNM Year-End Metrics Reveal High Research and Entrepreneurial Activity

STC’s fiscal year-end numbers for tech-transfer and commercialization activities  reveal a high level of performance despite low levels of available investment capital in the state.  STC spun out 12 start-up companies this year from technologies developed by inventors from UNM’s main and health sciences campuses.  See Kevin Robinson-Avila’s July 17, 2017 article, “UNM tech-based startups remain at record high,” from the Albuquerque Journal, reprinted below. UNM tech-based startups remain at …Read More

National and International Rankings Move UNM Into the Top Third of Best Research Institutions for Technology Transfer

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association released their 2016 rankings for universities worldwide with the highest number of U.S. issued patents.  UNM placed 33rd among the top 100 institutions.  On the heels of this good news, the Milken Institute issued its 2017 report on U. S. universities with the best technology transfer programs.  UNM placed 28th among 225 institutions.  To read more, see Kevin …Read More

Milken Institute Ranks UNM Among Top Universities for Technology Transfer

Albuquerque, NM, May 3, 2017—The Milken Institute has ranked the University of New Mexico among the best in the nation for technology transfer.  The Institute’s Center for Jobs and Human Capital issued its April 2017 report, “Concept to Commercialization:  The Best Universities for Technology Transfer,” ranking 225 U.S. universities and research institutions for technology transfer and commercialization success and best practices.  UNM is ranked 28th—up from a 93rd position in …Read More

People at STC – Meet Zachary Binger, STC Innovation Intern

The fall semester begins with STC saying goodbye to innovation student intern Zachary Binger. Zach will be a senior in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering this year. He hails from Socorro, New Mexico, and comes from a family passionate about the educational system. His parents encouraged an early interest in science. Zach also had a love for football and community service, and a dream of going to college. …Read More