Vanderbilt University announced today its Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization signed a record 101 licensing agreements with industry partners in fiscal year 2013-14.
Many of the transactions were in medical diagnostics, health care information technology, pharmaceutics, oncology and biotechnology.
“In my nearly 20-year history in academic technology commercialization, I have not worked anywhere where we even came close to this level of deal flow,” Alan Bentley (pictured), assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer and intellectual property protection in the CTTC, said in a release.
Six start-up companies based on Vanderbilt inventions were launched in FY 2014.
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Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation have agreed to work together to develop medical device technology concepts coming out of the university, most specifically by giving Vanderbilt applicants fast-track access to Bioworks' ZeroTo510 incubator. The partnership also will give VU-based startups better access to investment capital via Bioworks' relationship with pre-seed and early-stage firm Innova.
The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management has been named a 2014 sponsor of the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium with the goal of helping women launch meaningful careers.
This is the first year since 2011 Forté has invited U.S. schools to apply to become sponsors. Vanderbilt is one of six new universities named as sponsors. Forté now has 48 member institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Christie St-John, director of admissions at Owen, led Vanderbilt’s effort.
“It is a great honor to join this distinguished group of peer business schools, top corporations and important non-profit organizations,” St-John (pictured) said in a release. “They have all demonstrated a commitment to furthering the career aspirations and achievements of women across the globe.”
Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 to address the underrepresentation of women in leading business schools and the impact on the business landscape. Forté enables its corporate and business school sponsors to effectively reach, recruit and retain top female talent.
In addition to Vanderbilt, the institutions joining Forté are Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business; George Washington University School of Business; Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business; and University of Maryland Smith School of Business.
The Metro Codes Administrative Services Department has issued two permits related to local educational entities.
First, Vanderbilt University will construct an addition to its existing heating/power building. Messer Construction Co. will oversee the work, with the permit valued at $4 million.
Second, the Metro Education Department is ready to start work on a gymnasium (see image below) for Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School. (Read more here.) The first order of business is interior demolition work. D.F. Chase Inc. will handle the effort via a permit valued at $700,000.
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Two Vanderbilt-born startups have been accepted in the third class of the 2014 ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator in Memphis. Blood Monitoring Solutions and EndoInsight will begin the 12-week Memphis Bioworks Business Incubator next week, each receiving $50,000 in initial seed capital.
Led by a recent Vanderbilt University grad, Blood Monitoring Solutions has created a tracking system that reduces the amount blood wasted in hospitals. EndoInsight uses patented Vanderbilt University technology and provides a low-cost carbon dioxide insufflation systems intended to reduce pain associated with colonoscopies.
Two other teams, Innometrix from Oxford, Mississippi, and Compression Kinetics from Chapel Hill, N.C., have also been chosen.
Director of entrepreneurship and sustainability for Memphis Bioworks Foundation Allan Daisley said in a release the program chose to accept fewer teams into the program this year to focus on "what types of concepts and products have the greatest likelihood of emerging into our ecosystem with both the potential for follow-on funding and long-term business viability."