What do you need for a successful commercialization ecosystem? First, you need great inventions, such as those stemming from UA research. But just as important, you need great, experienced, committed people – lots of them – to provide the right expertise at the right time.
From left to right: Doug Hockstad, TLA sr. director of technology transfer; David Allen, Ph.D., vice president of TLA; Kwansun Ahn, M.B.A., Anivive CEO; Dylan Balsz, Anivive co-founder; Codey Arbuckle, Ph.D., Anivive director of engineering; Warren Rickard, Anivive co-founder; and Paul Eynott, Ph.D., TLA sr. licensing manager. Photo credit: Taylor Hudson/Tech Launch Arizona
The University of Arizona has exclusively licensed the rights to a novel kinase inhibitor, which is efficacious for the treatment of a variety of solid tumors in canines, to Anivive Lifesciences.
At the Get Started Tucson business pitch competition, judges selected just eight teams out of a pool of 69 applicant companies to pitch at the Tucson version of ABC’s Shark Tank. Of those, two were companies working to commercialize technologies invented at the UA.
UA researchers, in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco, have developed a new treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. The team has formed a startup – Promutech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – to further develop and commercialize the treatment.
The UA, through TLA, has partnered with TechCode, a global network of startup incubators and entrepreneurial ecosystems. TechCode will provide networking resources to increase the reach and effectiveness of TLA’s technology innovations and startups.
UPDATE: This year, we initially reported our results on August 30. Regrettably, on September 30, we discovered that two FY2016 agreements were misclassified in our system. We've since updated our process and documents.
Anita Bhappu, Ph.D., focuses her scholarship on digital retailing, services delivery, workplace diversity and sustainability. Her research has given rise to a new method for engaging employees in the Millennial workplace, which the UA has spun out into a startup, Sharing Tribes.
Last year, we described how we are connecting people, resources and ideas to build a new kind of commercialization ecosystem. This year, we have broadened our work and deepened our reach, resulting in TLA's third year running of record results for the UA.
To address the growing number of inventions TLA evaluates for commercialization and help startups develop high-quality strategies and teams, the office has hired entrepreneur and executive Steven Wood for its Mentors-in-Residence team.
Join the team from Tech Launch Arizona as they share all their great answers to this question — in just three words (more or less).