Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Podcast Series: Fitzsimons Life Science District

Fitzsimons Life Science District: Where Inspiration Becomes Cure
Jill Farnham, Executive Director for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA), spoke with TTO media partner w3w3.com about the FRA’s upcoming projects in 2009.

Fitzsimons Life Science District and the Anschutz Medical Campus
The series continued with Jay Gershen, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, who provided an update on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Life Sciences District.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Press Release: ION Engineering to Commercialize CU Carbon Capture Technology

Startup will receive a $100K investment from CU to develop the CU-Boulder technology for use in natural gas processing and coal-fired power plants. (LINK)

BOULDER (Jan. 22, 2009). The University of Colorado recently executed an exclusive option agreement with ION Engineering for the right to commercialize technology enabling efficient and economical capture of CO2 and other contaminants from natural gas wells and coal-fired power plant emissions. The technology was developed by Jason Bara, Dean Camper, Richard Noble and Douglas Gin, all researchers in CU-Boulder’s Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. ION Engineering will also receive a $100K Proof of Concept Investment (POCi) from the CU Technology Transfer Office and the CU-Boulder Energy Initiative. Using this funding, ION Engineering has constructed a continuously operating demonstration unit, and is scaling the technology for industrial CO2 capture and natural gas processing. Based in Boulder, ION Engineering was formed in 2008 by Bara and Camper, along with Christopher Gabriel, a research associate at CU. The company is headed by Dr. Alfred “Buz” Brown, also a founder, who brings more than 30 years of technology commercialization and venture creation experience.

January 2009 Newsletter Now Available

Highlights from TTO's January 2009 Newsletter:

CU Announces Annual Technology Transfer Award Winners
On January 12 TTO presented its annual awards to researchers working in areas ranging from cancer treatments to vascular imaging to fuel cells, and to companies and business advisors supporting innovation:

Distinguished Interdepartmental Inventors: Dr. Theodore W. Randolph & Dr. John F. Carpenter

Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder: Dr. Richard D. Noble

Inventors of the Year, UC Denver: Dr. John D. Carroll & Dr. Shiuh-Yung (James) Chen

New Inventors of the Year, UC Denver: Dr. Heide L. Ford & Dr. Rui Zhao

New Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder: Dr. Hang (Hubert) Yin

New Inventor of the Year, Colorado Springs: Dr. Sara Honn Qualls

Business Advisor of the Year: Boulder Innovation Center, Executive Director Tim Bour

Physical Sciences/Engineering/IT Company of the Year: KM Labs, Inc.

Bioscience Company of the Year: Taligen Therapeutics,Inc.

Lifetime Inductee into the Pinnacles of Inventorship: Dr.V. Michael Holers
(Photos of the awards event are available via w3w3.com.)

ION Engineering to Commercialize CU Carbon-Capture Technology
TTO recently executed an exclusive option agreement with ION Engineering for the right to commercialize technology enabling efficient and economical capture of CO2 and other contaminants from natural gas wells and coal-fired power plant emissions. The technology was developed by Jason Bara, Dean Camper, Richard Noble and Douglas Gin, all researchers in CU-Boulder's Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering. ION Engineering will also receive a $100K Proof of Concept Investment from the CU Technology Transfer Office and the CU-Boulder Energy Initiative. Using this funding, ION Engineering has constructed a continuously operating demonstration unit, and is scaling the technology for industrial CO2 capture and natural gas processing. Based in Boulder, ION Engineering was formed in 2008 by Bara and Camper, along with Christopher Gabriel, a research associate at CU. The company is headed by Dr. Alfred "Buz" Brown, also a founder, who brings more than 30 years of technology commercialization and venture creation experience.

LineRate Systems Options CU Software Acceleration Technology, Receives POC Investment
Newly-formed LineRate Systems recently secured an exclusive option for high-rate software processing technology developed at CU-Boulder by LineRate Systems co-founders John Giacomoni (Dept. of Computer Science) and Manish Vachharajani (Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering). LineRate Systems' initial products will be network appliances designed to optimize web delivery in data centers or the cloud for enterprise and mid-market customers. The company plans to introduce its first product targeted at load balancing in mid-2009, with the help of a $50K Proof of Concept Investment (POCi) from the CU Technology Transfer Office. (Read the full press release by following the link above.)

TTO and Energy Initiative Announce Renewable Energy Proof-of-Concept Grants
The University of Colorado has selected four projects for funding under a new partnership between the TTO and the CU-Boulder Energy Initiative (EI). These grants, known as 'proof of concept' grants, are designed to fill a funding gap between basic research funding and industrial commercialization of technology, and will help move CU-Boulder renewable energy and cleantech inventions towards commercial readiness. Projects were selected for POC funding by the TTO and EI using a competitive internal application process. The winning grant proposals were:
Conrad Stoldt, "Optimization of Silicon and Germanium Nanocrystal Solar Cell Architecture for Large Scale Manufacturing and Commercialization" - improved nano-scale materials for solar photovoltaics.

Chen Li, "Micro-scale Hybrid Wick Heat Pipe Cooling System for High Concentration Photovoltaic Cell" - micro-scale heat management for more efficient solar cells.

Will Medlin, "Bifunctional Catalysts" - efficient production of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass feedstocks.

Additionally, one proposal was funded as a $100,000 proof of concept investment to ION Engineering, a newly-formed company based on technology from CU-Boulder. The proposal, "Continuous Process for the Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Natural Gas and Fossil Fuel Power Plant Emissions" (Jason Bara, Dean Camper, Christopher Gabriel, Richard Noble and Douglas Gin) provides for a more efficient and effective approach to the capture of CO2 and other contaminants in natural gas processing and coal-fired power plant emissions (see press release above).

TTO Releases Working Paper: Entrepreneurial Handbook
TTO, in collaboration with contributors from Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. and the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at CU's School of Law, has developed a new publication for CU faculty entrepreneurs, entitled 'Starting a Startup: Successfully Managing the Dynamics of a New Company'. The working paper version was released in January 2009, and is available in PDF format by following the link above. By releasing the document in this form, TTO is soliciting feedback from the entrepreneurial technology community - please address any comments on this working paper to David Allen (email). Based upon community input and revision, TTO will announce the release and availability of the final document on our website and in our monthly newsletter.

Pre-proposals Being Accepted for Renewable Energy Proof of Concept Grants
The TTO and the Energy Initiative at CU-Boulder will soon announce the spring 2009 solicitation for Proof of Concept proposals of up to $50,000 in all areas related to the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources as well as efficient utilization of energy. In order to be eligible, CU-Boulder investigators must complete an invention submission and a one-page pre-proposal by Friday, February 20, 2009 and attend at least one meeting with representatives from the TTO, EI and the Boulder Innovation Center prior to submitting a full proposal in March. The one-page pre-proposal should be a preliminary description of the research project and an explanation of how the project would enhance the commercial potential of the invention. More information will be posted at https://www.cu.edu/techtransfer/proof/pocg_renew_en.html by the end of this week.

Read the full newsletter.

Press Release: LineRate Systems to Commercialize CU Software Acceleration Technology

Startup company will receive a $50K investment from CU to develop first product (LINK)

BOULDER (Jan. 22, 2009). LineRate Systems and the University of Colorado today announced that LineRate Systems has secured an exclusive option for high-rate software processing technology developed at CU-Boulder by LineRate Systems co-founders John Giacomoni (Dept. of Computer Science) and Manish Vachharajani (Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering).

"This packet processing technology represents the leading edge in software packet processing, delivering the performance of a special-purpose hardware solution while gaining the flexibility and cost advantages of software running on commodity general-purpose hardware systems," said Manish Vachharajani, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of LineRate Systems.

LineRate Systems' initial products will be network appliances designed to optimize web delivery in data centers or the cloud for enterprise and mid-market customers. The company plans to introduce its first product targeted at load balancing in mid-2009, with the help of a $50K Proof of Concept Investment (POCi) from the CU Technology Transfer Office. CU’s POCi investments are designed to help move promising CU technology closer to becoming a commercial product. “This team of inventors were able to recognize and communicate the value in their discovery largely through the collaborative Boulder Innovation Center process,” said Kate Tallman, Director of Technology Transfer for CU-Boulder. “The BIC connected them with a deep pool of industry veterans who acted as a sounding board and made connections for them.”

LineRate Systems' acceleration software will allow companies to implement application-tailored solutions on commodity computing platforms instead of custom hardware implementations. Users will not only realize a significantly lower total cost of ownership, but will also have the flexibility and customizability afforded by software solutions. "This technology allows for the reuse of existing software infrastructure and talent, avoiding expensive and protracted hardware development cycles," said John Giacomoni, co-founder and VP of Engineering of LineRate Systems.

About LineRate Systems
LineRate Systems, founded in 2008, develops high-performance network appliance software solutions that drive down the total cost of application delivery whether in the data center or the cloud for enterprise and mid-market customers. LineRate Systems is a privately held company located in Boulder, CO, based on the core packet processing technology developed by its co-founders at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For further information, please visit www.lineratesystems.com.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Press Release: CU Announces Renewable Energy Proof-of-Concept Grants

Grants will enable CU energy and cleantech technology to progress towards commercialization (LINK)

BOULDER (Jan. 14, 2009). The University of Colorado has selected 4 projects for funding under a new partnership between the CU Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and the CU-Boulder Energy Initiative (EI). These grants, known as ‘proof of concept’ grants, are designed to fill a funding gap between basic research funding and industrial commercialization of technology, and will help move CU-Boulder renewable energy and cleantech inventions towards commercial readiness. Projects were selected for POC funding by the TTO and EI using a competitive internal application process. The winning grant proposals were:
Conrad Stoldt, “Optimization of Silicon and Germanium Nanocrystal Solar Cell Architecture for Large Scale Manufacturing and Commercialization” – improved nano-scale materials for solar photovoltaics.

Chen Li, “Micro-scale Hybrid Wick Heat Pipe Cooling System for High Concentration Photovoltaic Cell” – micro-scale heat management for more efficient solar cells.

Will Medlin, “Bifunctional Catalysts” – efficient production of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass feedstocks.

Additionally, one proposal was funded as a $100,000 proof of concept investment to ION Engineering, a newly-formed company based on technology from CU-Boulder. The proposal, “Continuous Process for the Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Natural Gas and Fossil Fuel Power Plant Emissions” (Jason Bara, Dean Camper, Christopher Gabriel, Richard Noble and Douglas Gin) provides for a more efficient and effective approach to the capture of CO2 and other contaminants in natural gas processing and coal-fired power plant emissions.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Press Release: CU Announces Annual Technology Transfer Awards

(LINK)

DENVER (Jan. 12, 2009) – The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office benefits both the University and the people of Colorado—for example, in the last 15 years, 83 companies have been formed based on CU technology, and of those, 67 have operations in Colorado, five have become publicly traded companies, and 10 have been acquired by public companies. On Monday, Jan. 12 the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office presented its annual awards to researchers working in areas ranging from cancer treatments to vascular imaging to fuel cells, and to companies and business advisors supporting innovation. Following a panel discussion among several leaders in the Colorado entrepreneurial community, awards were given to:

Distinguished Interdepartmental Inventors – Dr. Theodore W. Randolph(Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU-Boulder and Co-Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) AND Dr. John F. Carpenter(Professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at UC Denver and Co-Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology). Research collaboration generating improved techniques for stabilizing vaccines during freeze-drying and storage, of particular significance in third-world countries lacking medical storage facilities.
Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder – Dr. Richard D. Noble(Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering). Research interests include the use of ionic liquids and zeolite membranes for gas separations, and the development of liquid crystal membranes for nano-filtration and fuel cell applications.
Inventors of the Year, UC Denver – Dr. John D. Carroll (Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology) AND Dr. Shiuh-Yung (James) Chen (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology). Research collaboration focused on improving diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in cardiac catheterization labs by developing advanced vascular imaging techniques.
New Inventors of the Year (UC Denver) – Dr. Heide L. Ford (Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Joint Appointment in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics,)AND Dr. Rui Zhao (Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics). Research examining how genes involved in normal development may later be “hijacked” in tumor formation, leading to novel methods of detecting and treating tumors.
New Inventor of the Year, CU-Boulder – Dr. Hang (Hubert) Yin (Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry). Research group utilizes cutting-edge techniques to identify potential drugs to prevent and treat opioid drug dependence, as well as some cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
New Inventor of the Year, Colorado Springs – Dr. Sara Honn Qualls (Professor and Chair of Psychology). Research interests focus on family development in later life and clinical interventions; development of neurological wellness and assessment tools for elderly care management.
Business Advisor of the Year – Boulder Innovation Center, Executive Director Tim Bour. Honored for their knowledge, experience, and cooperation in launching University technology into successful businesses.
Physical Sciences/Engineering/IT Company of the Year – KM Labs, Inc is a leading manufacturer of ultra-short pulse lasers for the research market and their team includes several of the world’s most renowned experts in laser technology included the founders, Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, both of whom are Professors and physicists at CU-Boulder. CU is also home to the highly-advanced Kapteyn/Murnane lab at JILA, one of the nation’s leading scientific institutes supporting research programs focused on the design of precision optics and atom lasers.
Bioscience Company of the Year. Taligen Therapeutics, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research operations in Aurora, CO, is focused on the discovery and development of novel protein therapeutics that modulate the alternative pathway of the complement system to treat a wide range of inflammatory conditions and diseases. The company's lead therapeutic candidates are monoclonal antibodies and recombinant fusion proteins that target key factors in the alternative pathway, which Taligen's founders, including UC Denver Professor V. Michael Holers, M.D., have validated as an important amplification loop in the inflammation process.
Lifetime Inductee into the Pinnacles of Inventorship -- Dr. V. Michael Holers (Smyth Professor of Medicine and Head of Rheumatology, UC Denver). Dr. Holers is one of the world’s leading experts in complement biology. His research focus is on the roles of complement receptors and membrane regulatory proteins in the immune response and has developed human and mouse models in which to study these processes with an emphasis on rheumatoid arthritis. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Holers co-founded Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. and serves as their Chief Scientific Officer.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Link: OnBioVC

Published by longtime TTO friend Adam Rubenstein (of the terrific but now-defunct Colorado Life Science Deal Flow blog) and headquartered in Boulder, OnBioVC provides timely coverage and comprehensive analysis of global bioscience venture capital investment activity. In addition to the free web-based resource, where data can be indexed in myriad ways, Adam's Trend Analysis studies provide cumulative analytical color by month and quarter.

(For those who are unaware, the CLSDF banner has been picked up by RockyRadar.com, who have expanded the mission to include Colorado tech startup activity in IT and cleantech, as well as bioscience.)