Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top stories from TTO's December 2014 newsletter:

Annual Report: FY2013-14 Now Available 
CU Tech Transfer is pleased to announce that our annual report covering our activities from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is now available for viewing. Please use the link above to access a PDF version of the report.

WSJ: Universities Push Harder Into Realm of Startups 
Featuring CU spinout company Red Cloud Communication; the Wall Street Journal also interviewed CU Tech Transfer head Kate Tallman based on CU's outstanding track record on startup creation.

Powdered Measles Vaccine, Safe in Phase I, Could Aid Vaccination in Developing World

ARCA's Potential Ebola Drug Gets 'Orphan Drug Status' 

Now Hiring: Open Positions at CU Tech Transfer

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CU Tech Transfer Annual Report Now Available (FY2013-14)

CU Tech Transfer is pleased to announce that our annual report covering our activities from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is now available for viewing. Please use this link to access a PDF version of the report, or click the image above.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Newsletter Now Available

Top stories from TTO's November 2014 newsletter:

CU Startups - 2014 Update 
CU Tech Transfer has released an updated CU Startups poster providing info on financings, acquisitions and more for companies created based on CU technology since the early 1990's.

EdTrex Commercializing CU, UCAR Curriculum Management Platform 

SomaLogic Announces Novartis Agreement Extension, Equity Investment 

Nanoly Bioscience Receives Young Innovator Award 

Low-Cost IVF Method Wins Popular Science "Best of What's New"

Now Hiring: Open Positions at CU Tech Transfer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EdTrex Commercializing CU, UCAR Curriculum Management Platform


Software platform supports individualized curriculum planning using digital content.

BOULDER, Colo., October 28, 2014 – EdTrex LLC, the University of Colorado and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) today announced an exclusive option agreement allowing EdTrex to continue developing a software platform enabling on-demand creation of customizable curricula using curated open education resources. The company is actively engaged in extending its technology to address additional opportunities in classroom learning and front-line administration.

The software platform, named E-Hub, is the result of four years of research headed by Tamara Sumner, Ph.D., an associate professor of cognitive science and computer science at CU’s Boulder campus. Sumner co-directs Digital Learning Sciences, a joint research and development center between CU-Boulder and UCAR. Through research funded by the National Science Foundation (and incorporating input from Colorado and out-of-state school district teachers and administrators), the research group developed a teacher-centric, cloud-based system allowing educators to create customized curricula using curated resources from open education databases and publisher-provided materials. E-Hub is especially focused on content and curricula for STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).

In the six school districts where the E-Hub platform has been deployed so far (involving nearly 100 schools and 400 teachers), 90% of teachers said they would recommend the platform to other educators. In one study, student outcomes improved up to 35% based on standard test scores.

“For the first time, teachers can respond immediately and effectively to adaptions of instructional content that best suit the individual needs of each of their students,” said EdTrex CEO John Stearns. “We know all students learn differently. Now teachers can address those differences on the spot and achieve extraordinary learning outcomes.”

“Empowering teachers to customize curricula is particularly critical for today’s diverse learners,” added Sumner. “A study conducted by researchers from Utah State University1 found that students of teachers who took advantage of the rich features in the E-Hub platform showed significantly higher learning gains. In addition, these teachers’ use of E-Hub tended to benefit student populations that had a larger portion of low socio-economic status students.”

Mary Marlino, director of Digital Learning Services at UCAR, said, “We are especially excited about the transfer of this technology into classroom settings. This is a very satisfying culmination of a dozen years of working very closely with the CU team in developing services to support open education resources in the classroom.”

Beyond curriculum design, EdTrex plans to develop the software platform to support next-generation classroom and instructional management requirements. Following the advent of Common Core and other emerging standards, EdTrex is collaborating with Denver Public Schools to engage teachers and administrators in the development of a software tool to help manage Student Learning Objectives in the classroom and throughout the district. A beta version of this tool could be deployed as early as the 2015-16 academic year.

“We’re excited about the potential of EdTrex and the E-Hub software platform to transform the classroom,” said CU Tech Transfer’s Molly Markley. “EdTrex is well positioned for success with the group’s extensive expertise in digital content management and user-centered design, and John’s 10+ years of leading a successful e-learning software company. Additionally, the research group’s ongoing partnership with Denver Public Schools means educators will continue to play an integral role in developing a system teachers will actually use.”

References
 1. Ye, L., Walker, A., Leary, H., Recker, M., Yuan, M. (2014, April). Expanding Approaches for Understanding Impact: Integrating Technology, Curriculum, and Online Resources in Science Education. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

About EdTrex 
EdTrex is dedicated to the use of technology to achieve extraordinary classroom learning outcomes. The company develops products and related services that enable front-line educators – teachers and school administrators – to organize, manage, enrich and adapt resources to achieve extraordinary learning outcomes. www.edtrex.com

About the Technology Transfer Office and the University of Colorado
The CU Technology Transfer Office pursues, protects, packages, and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from research at CU. The TTO provides assistance to faculty, staff, and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology. For more information about technology transfer at CU, visit www.cu.edu/techtransfer.

The University of Colorado is a premier public research university with four campuses: the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. With more than 59,700 students, over 4,700 full-time instructional faculty members and an additional 1,200 research faculty members across the four campuses, CU is the largest institution of higher education in the state of Colorado. CU researchers attracted more than $861M in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2013-14. Academic prestige is marked by the university’s five Nobel laureates, eight MacArthur “genius” Fellows, 18 alumni astronauts and 19 Rhodes Scholars. For more information about the entire CU system, and to access campus resources, go to www.cu.edu.

About UCAR
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.www.ucar.edu.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CU Startups - 2014 Update

TTO has released an updated CU Startups poster providing info on financings, acquisitions and more for companies created based on CU technology since the early 1990's. Click on the image for an interactive PDF including links to CU startups:


This updated poster includes information thru July 1, 2014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Newsletter Now Available

Top stories from TTO's October 2014 newsletter:

CU Names Permanent Tech Transfer Leader
The University of Colorado has named Kathryn (Kate) Tallman associate vice president for technology transfer for the institution's four-campus system. Tallman has served in the position as interim since July 2013.

Upcoming at CU: Technology Transfer, University Commercialization Efforts, and Patent Strategies 
Hosted by CU's Silicon Flatirons, this conference will take a look at university licensing practices and evaluate alternative strategies that universities can pursue.

Nature: Academia and Industry: Companies on Campus 
Successful academia-industry partnerships require common interests, trust and good communication. For each of these, proximity helps. Housing industry labs in academic settings benefits all parties, say CU-Boulder's Jana Watson-Capps and Thomas Cech.

CU Tech Transfer Seeks Director for CU Denver, CU Anschutz 

Sneak Peek: CU Tech Transfer Performance Metrics

Novel 3M Restorative Dental Material Developed at CU-Boulder 

CU Tech Transfer Reports Performance Metrics for FY2013-14

CU Tech Transfer has released its performance metrics for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Please follow this link to a short presentation summarizing our performance, and look for our full annual report later this month.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CU Names Technology Transfer Leader

The University of Colorado has named Kathryn (Kate) Tallman associate vice president for technology transfer for the institution’s four-campus system. Tallman, who has served in the position as interim since July 2013, will lead CU’s Office of Technology Transfer, which manages and commercializes intellectual property resulting from research at CU. The operation has seen an increase recently in licensing agreements that enable university technologies to be developed by commercial partners. It also has seen consistency in the number of startup companies that emerge from university research.

“Kate Tallman has done a superb job directing our Technology Transfer operation and I am confident she will continue to lead TTO as its permanent leader,” said CU President Bruce D. Benson. “Technology transfer not only brings the leading-edge work of our faculty to markets and to new companies, but also improves lives through discovery and innovation.”

She joined CU Technology Transfer in 2002 and previously served as senior director for technology transfer at CU’s Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses. Before CU, she was director of marketing and co-founder of Roving Planet, a venture-backed Colorado software company specializing in wireless LAN technology.

Since Tallman took on the interim role, nine companies emerged from university research in FY 2014, with an additional three in the current fiscal year, which began July 1. Startup companies are a key measure of technology transfer performance, with CU startups achieving a higher five-year survival rate than small businesses overall in Colorado or nationally.

Startup companies bridge the gap between university research and commercial products and also contribute to the local economy by creating jobs and attracting venture capital. (View an infographic of all startups created from CU technology.)

For example, LineRate Systems was founded in 2008 by CU-Boulder researchers to commercialize their breakthrough in software-defined networking. LineRate received early-stage funding through CU Technology Transfer’s proof of concept investment program. The company was sold to F5 Networks in 2013 for $125 million. Louisville-based GlobeImmune, a CU startup that emerged from research into a vaccine platform with potential applications for cancer and infectious diseases, recently closed its IPO, raising $17.2 million.

“I intend to continue to support efforts across CU campuses to expand commercialization activities,” Tallman said. “Faculty engagement in commercialization builds relationships and industry knowledge. Our team’s intellectual property management and licensing services help faculty achieve commercial goals.”

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Newsletter Now Available

Top stories from TTO's September 2014 newsletter:

Spotlight on CU Startup Sustainability
Startups spun out of University of Colorado technology have enjoyed a much higher survival rate than the average small business nationally or statewide, according to an article in BizWest. CU TTO startup practices were also featured in Tech Transfer Tactics: Raise the bar for new venture creation to fuel start-ups with lasting power.

Move Completed for TTO's Boulder, Administrative Offices
TTO has moved its Boulder campus and UCCS licensing operations, as well as its system administrative offices, to a new location in Boulder.

Over $861M Awarded to University of Colorado for Sponsored Research

Save the Date for CU Conference: Technology Transfer, University Commercialization Efforts, and Patent Strategies

Collaboration Between CU Cancer Center and NantBioScience Targets Ral Protein

GlobeImmune's IPO Raised $17.25 Million

CU-Boulder Water Treatment Technology Shows Promise for Fracking

Move Completed for TTO's Boulder, Administrative Offices


On September 19, TTO moved its Boulder campus and UCCS licensing operations, as well as its system administrative offices, to a new location in Boulder. Our new address is:

CU Technology Transfer Office
4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 200
Campus Box 588
Boulder, CO 80309

Phone numbers for the Boulder/UCCS licensing group and the administrative group have changed too! To find new phone numbers, please check the contact pages for TTO system administration and TTO Boulder/UCCS. (Our office at the Anschutz Medical Campus has not relocated, and phone numbers for the CU Denver|Anschutz licensing group will not change.)