Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 2012 Newsletter Now Available

Top stories from TTO's October newsletter:

Tom Smerdon, Interim Associate VP for Technology Transfer 
TTO is pleased to announce that Tom Smerdon was appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer in August 2012 - as AVP he has responsibility for intellectual property and technology licensing matters across all CU campuses. Tom joined TTO in 2005 as Director of New Business Development, and since 2007 has served as Director of Licensing and New Business Development. In that role, he was involved in all aspects of technology licensing for all CU campuses, with a particular focus on start-up companies based on CU technologies, as well as shareholder and equity-related agreements for the University License Equity Holdings, Inc., which holds the private equity received in connection licenses to start-up companies.

Before joining TTO, Tom was Associate Director for The Ohio State University's Office for Technology Licensing. Prior to entering the university tech transfer arena, Tom was general counsel and director of environment, health and safety for an Ohio-based private adhesive and polymer manufacturer and before that was assistant general counsel of the Chemical Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. Tom is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas Law School.

Tom takes the place of David Allen, who left TTO in August to assume a new role at the University of Arizona.

CU Lecturer and NIST Scientist Wineland Wins Nobel
David J. Wineland, a lecturer in the CU-Boulder physics department and physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, in early October won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. Wineland is internationally recognized for developing the technique of using lasers to cool ions to near absolute zero. His experiments have been used to test theories in quantum physics and may lead to the development of quantum computers. He shares the prize with Serge Haroche of France. (See also: CU-Boulder, NIST share 4 Nobel Prize winners.)

MiRagen Therapeutics - 2012 Fierce 15
MiRagen Therapeutics (a CU licensee) has claimed verdant territory in the emerging field of microRNA drug development, with a lead candidate (MGN-9103) in preclinical development that could combat heart failure while providing a weight-loss benefit and other positive metabolic effects.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Upcoming Event: CU Innovations Breakfast at ESPRIT


On Wednesday, October 10, CU will host the CU Innovations Breakfast (part of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce ESPRIT Entrepreneur celebration). This event features some of the University of Colorado's most exciting new technology companies. Learn about what's going on in the Boulder Valley and what's to come in terms of entrepreneurial opportunities flowing from the University of Colorado.

Breakfast is included in the admission price, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterward, with the presenters, CU technology transfer staff, and other members of the Boulder entrepreneurial community. Presenting companies include:
  • Gogy, Inc. markets an online platform (developed at the Leeds School of Business) transforms ordinary lectures and presentations into interactive discussions, creating a more collaborative learning environment that lasts far beyond the physical classroom experience.
  • Water Purification Membranes is a new company developing CU-Boulder research into new membrane materials that combine the best filtering characteristics of both reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and nanofiltration techniques.
  • Snowgate LLC is a technology-driven ski rack and locker system that allows guests to secure their belongings and equipment in one unique product offering. SnowGate won the undergraduate business plan competition at the Leeds School of Business, and the student team has spent a year since graduation turning the plan into a reality.
  • Nanoly is developing a novel platform to stabilize and protect vaccines without requiring refrigeration. This technology could enable safer and easier immunization access to anywhere in the world, especially in hard to reach areas.
Details, agenda and registration are available online; for more information contact Lindsay Lennox (303-735-5518). Breakfast sponsored by Webroot.