2023 Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase

he 2023 Innovate New Mexico® Technology Showcase brought together the leading research institutions in the state to highlight their latest research and technology advancements. Attendees included investors, entrepreneurs, industry reps, local start-up companies, and local business members.

Keynote Speaker: Norman Winarsky

Dr. Norman Winarsky is a General Partner at America’s Frontier Fund, where he is responsible for leading investments and incubation efforts across foundational technologies.


Previously he was a Partner at Relay Ventures focusing on AI and Mobility systems. He is also VC-in-Residence at Platform Venture Studio, Lecturer in Management at Stanford GSB, and past President of Stanford Research Institute (SRI) Ventures. For this division he led all commercialization activities, including venture creation and licensing. Norman is also actively engaged in advising, investing in, and building multiple startups. In 1992, Norman and Curt Carlson co-founded SRI’s strategy for creating, building, and launching ventures. Since then, the total market value of ventures spun out of SRI exceeds $70B. Examples include Nuance Communications, Intuitive Surgical, Orchid Cellmark, and Siri.


Norman is co-author with Henry Kressel of “If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Companies; Harvard Business Review.” He and his team were Emmy award winners for developing an HDTV system to measure human perception of image quality. Norman has a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Chicago, and holds 6 Patents in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and electron optics.

Norman Winarsky



Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the formally chartered, nationwide network of over 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers, that fosters commercialization, best practice strategies, and opportunities, for accelerating federal technologies out of the labs and into the marketplace.  The FLC and its members work to bring new technologies out of government labs and into the marketplace—where they can help improve the economy, society, and national security—by partnering with universities, businesses, or state and local governments. This collaborative process is called technology transfer (T2). https://federallabs.org/


Filtravate is developing and commercializing ultrafiltration membranes for applications in the bioprocessing and biopharmaceutical industries. By building membranes from the ground up using the smallest building blocks, Filtravate’s membranes have controlled and tunable pore size, even pore distribution, and functionalized surfaces. Based on patent-pending technology exclusively licensed from New Mexico State University (NMSU), Filtravate’s products provide significant anti-fouling and improved flux characteristics. https://filtravate.com/


Haptech Zown is leveraging AI and smart context to dramatically improve HCI and assistive communication technology.


LJL Farming, LLC is a pistachio and almond grower and producer.


LOJO ENGINEERING is an early stage startup seeking seed funding, has developed PseudoMem Hydro, a low power water treatment process, with the mission to improve the resilience of water-stressed communities. The company aims to sell modular water treatment systems to municipalities, government organizations, and agricultural industries. https://www.lojo.engineering/


MNT SmartSolutions is a biotech company that is engineering sustainable and modern “smart” materials with unique electronic and magnetic properties for the advancement of science and medicine.


Sierra Lobo Inc. provides test and operations support at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico under the TEST3 Program. The White Sands Test Facility is a self-contained component of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston that includes medical, fire, and hazardous rescue personnel. The facility evaluates potentially hazardous materials, spaceflight components, and rocket propulsion systems for NASA centers, other government agencies, and commercial industry. https://sierralobo.com/test3-award/


New Mexico Economic Development Department’s mission is to Improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunities and providing a place for businesses to thrive. Department programs provide direct assistance to New Mexico businesses and communities. https://edd.newmexico.gov/


New Mexico Start-Up Factory™ is bringing laboratory technologies to market. In our innovative model we work with scientists looking to commercialize their technologies. Through our program, technologists are coached through validation of the technology and market, and are then paired with the right management team. A commercialization and business plan/model is formed and if all signs point to a sound market and promising technological development, a company is formed.  http://nmsuf.com/


New Mexico LEEP matches entrepreneurs with seed capital, a large network of mentors, customers, and investors and the unique expertise and resources of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories over a two-year period. https://nmleep.com/


ORC Tech develops and markets products that utilize the most advanced NASA-based technology in order to boost incoming signals to improve local reception for cell phones, laptops, satellite and Wifi internet receivers- without the need for power plugs, cables, or batteries. https://orctech.com


RingIR produces portable devices that identify vapors on location and in real-time. Humans are in constant contact with gases of all kinds and produce many themselves. These gases, like oxygen, are essential for life, but some gases can also be extremely harmful. RingIR is revolutionizing gas sensing technology by making molecular fingerprinting possible. All materials are made of molecules, and have uniquely distinguishing spectral characteristics. Each chemical therefore has an optical “molecular fingerprint” just like humans have unique fingerprints. RingIR technology can quickly measure the optical spectrum and identify the distinguishing structure to determine the molecules in the atmosphere. https://ring-ir.com/


Spaceport America is the first purpose built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot runway, vertical launch complexes, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. https://www.spaceportamerica.com/


Ventusol is a New Mexico startup developing the next generation of vertical axis wind turbines and renewable energy technologies. These turbines are manufactured sustainably and include hybrid power generation from both wind and solar energy in one device. Ventusol's goal is to reduce carbon emissions and provide new renewable energy products for a sustainable future." https://ventusol.com/



Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico is leading the way in the Nation's laser, optical, and space supremacy technologies. The Technology Outreach Office supports the mission by connecting the private sector and academia with AFRL resources to develop new technology and create opportunities for industry growth. We also offer some of the most innovative STEM opportunities in the country, designed to inspire and cultivate our next generation of innovators. https://afresearchlab.com/


Arrowhead Center - New Mexico State University is your partner, working to take advantage of innovation and business opportunities that improve the region’s economy. We help innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses at any stage start and grow through our services, resources, expertise, and connections. We are also the technology transfer and commercialization arm of NMSU, working with campus inventors and innovators to protect their work and ensure it reaches the broadest possible markets.  https://arrowheadcenter.org/


Feynman Center drives Los Alamos National Laboratory innovation as an essential part of our national security mission by: Accelerating connections between research, corporate, and entrepreneurial communities, Building partnerships and mechanisms that deliver our technology to solve our nation’s biggest challenges, and Creating a trusted external network to extend and enhance the Laboratory’s ability to meet core mission. https://www.lanl.gov/projects/feynman-center/


NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Technology Transfer office ensures that innovations developed for aeronautics and space exploration are made broadly available to the public – boosting the U.S. economy and maximizing the return on the nation’s investment in NASA.  JSC has unique expertise in many areas, including: Artificial Intelligence and Human-computer Interface, Life Sciences, Human Space Flight Operations, Avionics, Sensors, and Communications.  https://technology.jsc.nasa.gov/


New Mexico Tech (NMT) is a nationally-recognized research university. The Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) was created to promote an entrepreneurial culture on the NMT campus, focusing on commercializing technology created and developed at NMT. Our mission is to foster entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the NMT campus via the university’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Mathematics (STE²M) initiative.  https://www.nmt.edu/oic/


Sandia National Laboratories is dedicated to increasing partnership and technology transfer activities in support of our mission. The Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3) serves as a “front door” to Sandia and is designed to strengthen partnerships, technology transfer, and ties to the community, and offers services to boost Sandia’s interaction with industry, academia, and government. https://c3abq.com/


UNM Rainforest Innovations is University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development arm. UNMRI protects technologies developed at UNM and transfers these technologies to the marketplace, via starting new companies and transferring technologies to established companies; connecting the business community to UNM for access to expertise, facilities, and research activities; and facilitating UNM's role as a contributor to New Mexico's economic development.  https://innovations.unm.edu/