Fall Round of TDF Funding Now Open

The fall 2014 round of the Technology Development Fund (TDF) has started.  The TDF awards winning applications from faculty, staff, or students up to $100,000 to develop their technology to a commercial endpoint.  A submitted invention disclosure to UR Ventures is required for an application.  Pre-proposals are due October 15th and can be submitted to Omar Bakht. Learn more at www.rochester.edu/tdf.

UR Ventures Has Moved!

As of Wednesday, 17 September 2014 UR Ventures has moved to a new location in the Saunders Research Building. We have kept our mailing address, all of our phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The only difference is our physical location — SRB suite B360. The transition is scheduled to disrupt our operations for no more than a few hours on the morning of the 17th. We’ll be back in action and ready to respond to all of your intellectual property and technology commercialization needs as soon as possible.

Researchers Receive $3.4 million to Study Experimental Drug Combination in HIV

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center have received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an experimental drug combination that appears to rid white blood cells of HIV and keep the infection in check for long periods. While current HIV treatments involve pills that are taken daily, the experimental drugs’ long-lasting effects suggest the possibility of an HIV treatment that could be administered monthly, or perhaps a few times a year.

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The Entrepreneurs Network Seeks Applications

Rochester Business Journal
12 August 2014

The Entrepreneurs Network is soliciting applications for its 17th class, with sessions to begin next month.

The class will meet monthly at High Tech Rochester Inc. in Henrietta and other venues in the Rochester area beginning Sept. 18 and ending in December, officials said.

The class is limited to 15 members. The application deadline is Sept. 5. Upon acceptance, members pay an all-inclusive fee of $350.

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Mapping the Optimal Route between Two Quantum States

Experiment measures millions of quantum trajectories to predict ‘most likely’ route
As a quantum state collapses from a quantum superposition to a classical state or a different superposition, it will follow a path known as a quantum trajectory. For each start and end state there is an optimal or “most likely” path, but it is not as easy to predict the path or track it experimentally as a straight-line between two points would be in our everyday, classical world.

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43 North Announces Semi-Finalists (Spoiler: this is the fourth connected to UR technologies)

Recently, 113 semi-finalists were announced in the 2014 43 North $1 million business plan competition. Ten of those semi-finalists are from the Rochester area. Four of those are connected to University of Rochester technologies.

Health Care Originals (Rochester, NY) is negotiating a license for a safe, non-invasive, and accurate system to monitor asthma symptoms developed by Hyekyun Rhee, Ph.D. (Associate Professor in the School of Nursing) and Mark Bocko, Ph.D. (Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

HCO won the Mark Ain Business Model Competition in 2013, and was recently named one of 40 semi-finalist s in the 2014 Make It Wearable Challenge by Intel (Development Track).

43 North Announces Semi-Finalists (Spoiler: this is #3 connected to UR technologies)

Recently, 113 semi-finalists were announced in the 2014 43 North $1 million business plan competition. Ten of those semi-finalists are from the Rochester area. Four of those are connected to University of Rochester technologies.

Ovitz Corporation (West Henrietta, NY) intends to develop and commercialize a portable wavefront sensor (a vision diagnosing device) invented by Geunyoung Yoon, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology.