Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Newsletter Now Available

Top stories from CU Tech Transfer's January 2015 newsletter:

EnteroTrack Commercializing Device for Non-Invasive Inflammation Monitoring Developed at CU Anschutz
EnteroTrack, LLC and CU have executed an exclusive license agreement that will allow the company to develop and market a novel device to monitor inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Three CU Researchers Named Top Serial Bio Entrepreneurs
Two University of Colorado faculty members, and one former CU graduate student, were included in a list of top serial bioscience entrepreneurs published by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN).

Colorado Universities to Get Millions for Research in Advanced Composites
Colorado universities (including CU) will get up to $14M in federal money over five years to pursue research and use of advanced composite materials.

Now Hiring: Open Positions at CU Tech Transfer

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

EnteroTrack Commercializing Device for Non-Invasive Inflammation Monitoring Developed at CU Anschutz, University of Illinois

Non-invasive device enables better monitoring of esophageal disease and inflammation. 

AURORA, Colo., January 6, 2015 – EnteroTrack, LLC and the University of Colorado (CU) have executed an exclusive license agreement that will allow the company to develop and market a novel device to monitor inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Diagnosing inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), severe gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE), food allergic enteropathy (FAE), and inflammatory bowel disease (lBD) is often difficult, since blood tests and radio-imaging aren’t able to pinpoint the cause of inflammation. Ultimately, many patients must undergo endoscopy – use of an instrument to visualize the esophagus and collect samples for testing.

EnteroTrack LLC is developing a capsule that allows for simple, low-cost analysis of esophageal content. The capsule can help identify the presence of esophageal inflammation, leading to faster treatment. The capsule can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment, and in the future may also be used to help diagnose esophageal diseases.

The company was formed as a result of a partnership between Glenn T. Furuta, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the CU School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus and a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado; Robin Shandas, Ph.D., professor and chair of bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Engineering and Applied Science; and Steven Ackerman, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

“This partnership represents the best aspect of academic medicine,” said Furuta. “We have been able to successfully collaborate in a multi-disciplinary fashion to develop and execute a plan that will ultimately improve the lives children and adults with gastrointestinal diseases." Furuta developed the technology in collaboration with Ackerman; the duo then approached Shandas to move the idea from the university research lab into a commercial entity.

At that time, Children’s Hospital Colorado stepped in to provide seed funding to the company, supporting the innovative research of the researchers and recognizing the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children with inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal track.

“Given the increasing pressures to contain costs, there is clear rationale for innovative, cost-effective methods to monitor esophageal diseases,” said Shandas, who is acting as the company’s interim CEO. “This technology holds particular promise because it can reduce total patient care costs while keeping good margins. We hope to obtain FDA approval for the device in 2015.”

About EnteroTrack
EnteroTrack aims to be a key player in the field of detecting gastrointestinal (GI) biomarkers to monitor various diseases in children and adults. In contrast to current, more invasive approaches or less direct methods, the company’s products are minimally invasive and targeted for specific organs and diseases. The diagnostic market for GI diseases in the US exceeds $1B annually. The company has received funding from Children’s Hospital Colorado, and from the State of Colorado’s Bioscience Discovery and Evaluation Grant program.

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. Tech Transfer 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 nearly 59,700 students, over 4,900 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 the Technology Transfer Office and the University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago, home to the nation’s largest college of medicine, is a leader in moving path-breaking research into innovative, real-world applications. The UIC Office of Technology Management encourages innovation and facilitates economic development through the effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and intellectual property.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Newsletter Now Available

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.”