October 12, 2017

Innovate New Mexico® Fall Tech Showcase Featuring Inventions from New Mexico’s Research Institutions and Startup Companies

There’s still time to register for Innovate New Mexico®’s Fall 2017 Technology Showcase, to be held on Tuesday, October 17, at the Sandia Resort & Casino Golf Club.

The special collaborative event will highlight research and technology opportunities, startup companies, and economic development resources from the leading research institutions in the state of New Mexico.   Inventors from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Labs, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of New Mexico will pitch their technologies to invited industry representatives and investors.  Startups from around the state will be on hand to showcase their company products as well.

The day will include 12 featured technology presentations, a lunchtime panel of local entrepreneurs and their startups, and networking breaks throughout to visit with inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, industry representatives and startup tables.  The showcase begins with registration and networking at 7:45 am, followed by remarks from Matthew Geisel, Cabinet Secretary for the NM Economic Development Department and keynote speaker Louis Berneman, founding partner of investment firm Osage University Partners. Technology presentations and feedback from shark panels will occur throughout the morning and afternoon.  The lunchtime panel includes Derek Doyle, co-founder of DefendSix Corporation, Barr Zulevi, president & CTO of Pajarito Powder, Michael Perrine, director of business development for Agilvax, and Eric Branson, VP & CTO of Advanced Manufactured Power Solutions, LLC.  A dessert and coffee networking reception at 3:00 pm will wrap up the event.

To register go to https://innovateNewMexico.eventbrite.com.

May 3, 2017

Innovate New Mexico® Holds Its Third Statewide Technology Showcase

Innovate New Mexico, the state’s network of leading technology transfer organizations, is gaining traction in its efforts to become the state’s united entrance to the innovative technologies coming from New Mexico’s research universities and national labs.  On April 18, the network—STC.UNM, NMSU Arrowhead Center, New Mexico Tech, and the Sandia, Los Alamos, and Air Force Research Labs—held its third technology showcase at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

 

The day’s events included welcoming remarks from Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer at STC.UNM; Mary Monson, Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships at Sandia; Peter Anselmo, Executive Director of  the Center for Technology Commercialization, Terry Lombard, Director of IP & Technology Transfer at the NMSU Arrowhead Center; Ross Munchhausen from the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos; and Matt Fetrow, Tech Engagement Lead at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).

 

Six researchers from UNM, NMSU, NM Tech, Sandia, and AFRL pitched their technologies (see list below) to 160 attendees  comprised of national and international companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and local business and community leaders.

  • Pseudomorphic Glass for Space Solar Cells, David Wilt – AFRL
  • Microneedle Sensors to Monitor Health and Human Performance, Ronen Polsky, PhD – Sandia
  • DNA-Based Biosensor, Steve Graves, PhD – UNM
  • Method and System for Purifying Produced Water, Jianjia Yu, PhD – New Mexico Tech
  • Ligand-Directed Targeting and Molecular Imaging Based on In Vivo Phage Display, Renata Pasqualini, PhD and Wadih Arap, MD, PhD – UNM
  • ZIF CO2 Capture, Nasser Khazeni, PhD – NMSU

 

The event also featured 18 New Mexico start-up companies and organizations on display:  AEGorsuch Designs, Biophagy, Inc., BioSafe Technologies, Cylenta Pharmaceuticals, Ecopesticides International, Enthentica, EquiSeq, KoolArmor, Michael Wallace & Associates, Osazda Energy, Osazda Materials, PanMuse, LLC, VisionQuest Biomedical, Zeall, Zocere, Inc., New Mexico Start-Up Factory, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and Northern New Mexico College.

 

Presenters and exhibitors had ample networking sessions to talk with company technology scouts for possible business opportunities.  Meetings were also scheduled and held between companies and start-ups and technology inventors.

 

The lunch time session, moderated by Lisa Kuuttila, featured a panel of New Mexico start-up CEOs who discussed their experiences growing their companies in New Mexico.  Participants were Brian Barnes, Project Manager of Resilient Solutions 21, Mark Fidel, Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Development for RiskSense, David Joseph, Co-Founder and CEO of Avisa Pharma, and Carlos Murguia, CEO of KoolArmor.  Ms. Kuuttila noted that New Mexico is ranked 18th in the U.S. for its innovation assets and 1st  in R&D per capita.   The speakers cited several advantages to entrepreneurs who start companies in New Mexico:  access to a tremendous amount of IP in an R&D-rich environment, support from science, technology, and business communities, state government incentives such as job training and tax credits, and low cost-of-living.  Disadvantages included a lack of large institutional investors, not enough private sector development (need bigger companies here), and not enough senior management talent to run new companies.

 

The showcase ended with closing remarks from Jennifer Sinsabaugh, Center Director of MEP, and Julia Wise, Manager of the Office of Science and Technology for the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

 

Innovate New Mexico would like to thank the presenters, exhibitors, and lunch panelists.  A special thanks goes to our shark panelists:  Nyika Allen, President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council, Kathleen Gardenswartz, Co-Founder of Surefi, Kyle Gui, Founder of Pencil-In, Robert Nath, Member of the STC Board of Directors, Dorian Rader, Vice President of the New Mexico Angels, and Mathis Shinnick, CEO of OptiPulse, Inc.  Last but not least, Innovate New Mexico is deeply grateful to the following event sponsors:  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), AFRL, Sandia National Laboratories, MEP, and New Mexico Tech.

 

To read more about the technology showcase, see Kevin Robinson-Avila’s April 18, 2017 article, “Innovation event displays technology from around NM,” from the Albuquerque Journal, reprinted below.

Innovation event displays technology from around NM

By Kevin Robinson-Avila / Journal Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 2:20pm

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Badojo software inventor Panaiotis, left, creates music with a PanMuse LLC’s touch board technology at the Innovate New Mexico technology showcase on Tuesday. (KEVIN ROBINSON-AVILA/JOURNAL)

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From biosensors to cancer-targeting technology, a broad range of innovation was on display Tuesday at the Innovate New Mexico technology showcase at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

 

The twice-per-year event, which first launched in spring 2016, unites innovators and technology transfer professionals from the state’s research universities and national laboratories in a joint effort to attract investor interest in new, cutting-edge innovation.

 

Nearly 160 people participated on Tuesday, including more than 100 businesspeople, investors and corporate technology scouts. About 30 of them came from other states and countries, including China, India and Japan, said Lisa Kuuttila, the University of New Mexico’s chief economic development officer and head of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech-transfer office.

 

“It’s an opportunity for all the state’s research universities and national labs to showcase their technologies together,” Kuuttila said. “It’s enabling us to get national and international attention for our science and technology assets.”

 

Innovators discussed six different technologies from UNM, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

 

The Air Force lab showed a new glass covering for solar panels on satellites to better protect them in space. The lab wants to license that for commercial applications, such as shielding solar cells on unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

Sandia discussed microneedle sensors about the width of three human hairs that can be used in wearable devices to continuously monitor for health and human performance.

 

UNM showed a new DNA-based biosensor for rapid detection of specific diseases, such as dengue. It also discussed a novel cancer-targeting technology to diagnose and treat tumors, which it developed in collaboration with LANL.

 

New Mexico Tech had a mobile water-purifying system for use on-site at oil and gas wells to reduce costs for treating and disposing of produced water. And NMSU showed a new carbon-capture technology that can absorb a lot more carbon than other materials in use today.

 

About 15 startup companies from around the state also pitched their products and services at the event.

 

Two Dow Chemical technology scouts from India and the western U.S. said they were attracted by the unique materials-related technologies emerging in New Mexico and the novel approach of showing it through a collaborative, statewide initiative.

 

“Where we come from, it’s rare to find events with such a high concentration of materials research and development that’s of interest to us,” said Leigh Thompson, a Dow scout in California.

 

Her colleague, Chedarampet Karthikeyan of India, said the participation of three national labs is a big selling point.

 

“You don’t see that in many places,” Karthikeyan said.

 

Also see the Living Cities video on the Innovate New Mexico event:

April 13, 2017

Innovate New Mexico® Spring Technology Showcase Featuring Inventions from New Mexico’s Research Institutions and Start-Up Company Products for Business Opportunities

There’s still time to register for Innovate New Mexico®’s Spring 2017 Technology Showcase, to be held on Tuesday, April 18th, at the Sandia Resort & Casino Golf Club.

The special collaborative event will highlight research and technology opportunities, start-up companies, and economic development resources from the leading research institutions in the state of New Mexico.   Inventors from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Labs, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Sandia National Laboratories, and STC.UNM/The University of New Mexico will pitch their technologies to invited industry representatives and investors.  Start-up from around the state will be on hand to showcase their company products as well.

The day will include eight featured technology presentations, a lunchtime panel of local entrepreneurs, and networking breaks throughout to visit start-up tables.  The showcase begins with registration at 8:00 am followed by technology presentations and feedback from shark panels.  The lunchtime panel of New Mexico start-up CEOs includes David Joseph, CEO of Avisa Pharma, Mark Fidel, Co-Founder of RiskSense, Inc., Brian Barnes, Senior Planner & Program Manager at Resilient Solutions 21, and Carlos Murguia, Co-Founder of KoolArmor.  A dessert and coffee networking reception will following the event, which wraps up at 3:00 pm.

We extend a special thank you to The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) for their sponsorship of the showcase.  PhRMA represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies and supports the search for new treatments and cures.

To register go to https://innovateNewMexico.eventbrite.com.

February 6, 2017

Innovate New Mexico® Technology Showcase Highlights State’s Abundant Sources of Innovation

Sandia Resort & Casino Golf Club was the site of the second statewide technology showcase held on October 11th and hosted by Innovate New Mexico®, the statewide collaborative technology- transfer program for New Mexico’s research universities (UNM, NM State, NM Tech) and national labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, and Air Force Research Labs). The panoramic views of the majestic Sandia mountains were matched by an impressive display of innovative technology presentations and home grown start-up companies.

 

Approximately 250 registered attendees comprised of national companies and investors and local entrepreneurs, investors, and business professionals listened to technology pitches from faculty and lab inventors and connected with start-up companies and inventors for possible business opportunities during several networking sessions and an end-of-event reception.

 

The Innovate New Mexico® program, established in 2015, is essentially a network among the leading research institutions in the state that provides easy access for entrepreneurs, investors, and companies to New Mexico’s research and technology opportunities, start-up companies, and economic development resources. The technology showcases, presented in the fall and spring, are but one example of what the budding program plans to offer to fulfill its vision to make New Mexico “The State of Innovation” by 2020.

 

Welcome remarks were again given by Deputy Cabinet Secretary Barbara Brazil from the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

 

“Innovate New Mexico highlights a unique ecosystem of innovation that creates diversity, which leads to a more robust economy. Innovation is stifled when we stay in silos but flourishes when we collaborate. We are reading in the media on a daily basis about how the New Mexico innovation economy continues to grow, helped this year by the New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative’s grants to six start-up companies with follow-on investment, the JTIP job training program, and the new $40 million Catalyst Fund that will soon be investing in New Mexico-based start-ups.”

 

Technology Pitches

The technology showcase portion of the event consisted of 12 short presentations by inventors of technologies from UNM, NM State, NM Tech, and Sandia, Los Alamos, and Air Force Research (AFRL) Labs. Helpful feedback was provided by a panel of “friendly sharks” comprised of local entrepreneurs and investors. Innovate New Mexico wishes to thank Lucrece Borrego (Senior Financial Analyst, Camino Real Capital Partners LLC), Charles Call (CEO, ActiveClean by Clean Spot), John Chavez (President, New Mexico Angels), Wayne Laslie (President & CEO, Zocere, Inc.), Mathis Shinnick (CEO, Allied Photon), and Loraine Upham (Executive Director, ABQid).

 

Below is a brief description of the technologies:

  • A next generation green masonry block made from recycled paper – NM Tech
  • A synthetic aperture approach (imaging interferometric microscopy) for super resolution images from optical microscopes – UNM
  • A graphene-based hybrid material for chemical synthesis and separation – NM Tech
  • A high-power microwave zoom antenna using metal plate lenses – AFRL
  • A hydrocarbon membrane for energy and electrochemical systems –Sandia
  • A structural panel that integrates fluid channels without degrading mass efficiency – AFRL
  • A non-invasive molecular imaging probe to diagnose and treat infectious diseases – UNM
  • A magneto-inertial fusion reactor using plasma jets – Los Alamos
  • An IT security and encryption program uing Huffman coding – NM State
  • A low-energy, chlorine-tolerant membrane for desalination – Sandia
  • A high efficiency heat exchanger that improves surface wetting for copper, aluminum and brass – New Mexico State
  • A novel, data-driven model for geothermal exploration – Los Alamos
    Go to www.innovatenewmexico.com/technologies/ to view the technology summaries.

Lunch Panel – Start-Ups in New Mexico

 

During lunch, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on start-ups in New Mexico. The panel of five New Mexico start-up CEOs discussed the challenges and advantages for start-ups in New Mexico and individual future plans for their companies. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Sinsabaugh, Center Director, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

 

Panel participants included Christopher Acton, VP for Operations and Services, RiskSense; R. Terry Dunlay, Founder, President & CEO, Intellicyt (A Sartorius Company); Hunter McDaniel, Founder & CEO, UbiQD, LLC; Murat Okandan, CEO & CTO, mPower Technology, Inc.; and Lucas Smith, Founder & CEO, EcoSeal. The companies represented all stages of growth from regulatory and product beta testing to strategic and customer partnership formation, to national and international sales expansion and acquisition.

 

Big challenges for start-ups in New Mexico continue to be available seed-stage funding and a trained technical work force. Big advantages, however, include the business friendly programs such as tax credits, the JTIP job training, LEDA, NMSBA, grants provided by the state, and the proximity to and close affiliation with the technology-transfer programs at the state’s research institutions. The panelists praised the state’s efforts to nurture the start-up ecosystem.

 

Several other start-up CEO’s were on hand to showcase their companies and network with attendees, including New Mexico Start-Up Factory, Cylenta, Active Clean, Zocere, Inc., Biophagy, Enthentica, BioSafe, Avisa, UbiQD, EquiSeq, MEP, OptiPulse, and ElectroSeq.

 

The day ended with closing remarks by Carlos Gutierrez and Larry Alei. Mr. Gutierrez, is a strategic alliances/innovation ecosystem specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The MBDA is the only federal agency established solely to create jobs through the growth and global competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in the United States. MBDA coordinates and leverages public and private sector resources to provide access to capital, contracts and markets. Mr. Alei is a board member-at-large on the New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative.

 

See also Kevin Robinson-Avila’s October 11, 2016 article, “NM innovations pique companies’ interest,” from the Albuquerque Journal, reprinted below.

NM innovations pique companies’ interest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A novel, sustainable construction material made from recycled paper and cardboard piqued the interest of at least one new-technology scout Tuesday morning at the Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase in Albuquerque.
Nakayama Kazunori of Japan’s Shimizu Corp. said his company — which manages construction, architecture and engineering services –— can see using the material in low-cost sustainable housing or disaster prevention and recovery infrastructure, such as containment walls to protect against tsunamis like the one that battered Japan in 2010.

 

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, which is commercializing the material, presented it to showcase participants as a low-cost alternative to things like concrete or adobe that can reduce landfill waste.

 

“It’s an innovative material that could address our core business operations by introducing sustainability in building construction,” Kazunori said. “There’s a growing market for that type of thing. I could see many applications for it.”

 

Kazunori was one of nearly 250 local, national and international investors, entrepreneurs and technology transfer professionals who attended the showcase at Sandia Casino’s Golf Club event center. It’s the second such technology showcase this year by Innovate New Mexico, a new umbrella group set up to collectively coordinate technology commercialization efforts by the state’s three research universities and national laboratories.

 

“People are starting to see the value of working together to showcase our state assets,” said Lisa Kuuttila, the University of New Mexico’s chief economic development officer and head of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech-transfer office. “It benefits everyone.”

 

The event included fifteen-minute presentations by scientists and engineers with new technologies from UNM, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University, and from Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base. Presenters discussed a dozen different inventions, such as novel technical designs for microwave antennas to probe deeper into space, changes in lens and laser configurations for optical microscopes to view things more clearly in the nano-realm, a novel coding for secure communications, and non-invasive diagnostics for infectious disease.

 

Barbara Brazil, deputy secretary of the state Economic Development Department, said the showcase brings together the best and the brightest “idea-and-product creators” from the state’s labs and research universities.

 

“We possess a dizzying array of ideas, research, intellectual property and resources,” Brazil said. “The showcase brings attention to the tremendous potential within our ecosystem and strives to turn ideas born here into enterprise.”

 

Kazunori said New Mexico is smart to promote its technology collectively as a state.

 

“This is a great place for research and development in many fields,” he said. “That’s why we’re here. We’re looking for new business opportunities.”

October 11, 2016

Innovate New Mexico® Fall 2016 Showcase to Feature State’s Top Technology and Business Opportunities

The Innovate New Mexico®’s Fall 2016 Technology Showcase will be held on Tuesday, October 11th, at the Sandia Resort & Casino Golf Club.

This free special collaborative event will highlight research and technology opportunities, start-up companies, and economic development resources from the leading research institutions in the state of New Mexico. Inventors from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Labs, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, Sandia National Laboratories, and STC.UNM/The University of New Mexico will pitch their technologies to invited industry representatives and investors. Start-up from around the state will be on hand to showcase their company products.

The all-day event begins with registration and networking at 7:30 am followed by a welcome address from NMEDD Deputy Cabinet Secretary Barbara Brazil. Lunch will feature a panel of local entrepreneurs who will talk about their experiences as CEOs of New Mexico start-ups. Closing remarks will be provided by Carlos Gutierrez from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency and Larry Alei from the New Mexico Technology Research Collaborative. A networking reception will following the event at 3:30 pm.