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Right: Fletcher McCusker speaks at the 2018 Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared Awards, where he was honored with the award for Ecosystem Impact. Left: TLA Assistant Vice President Doug Hockstad. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Right: Fletcher McCusker speaks at the 2018 Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared Awards, where he was honored with the award for Ecosystem Impact. Left: TLA Assistant Vice President Doug Hockstad. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tucson's newest early-stage capital fund, UA Venture Capital Fund LLC, has announced that it's first investments will be in three UA-connected companies: startups Codelucida, Regulonix and Post.Bid.Ship. 

Co-inventors Dr. Charles Hennemeyer (left) and Dr. Michael Larson (center) discuss design ideas with D3S CEO Nick Lim (right). Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Co-inventors Dr. Charles Hennemeyer (left) and Dr. Michael Larson (center) discuss design ideas with D3S CEO Nick Lim (right). Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As cancer diagnostics and therapeutics become more personalized, pathologists will require more high-quality tissue from biopsies for testing. To address the challenge, this startup is working to bring a next-generation biopsy instrument invented at the UA to the world. 

Dr. Minying Cai (left) and Dr. Victor Hruby (right) invented the peptides for novel skin cancer prevention. Photos: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Drs. Minying Cai (left) and Victor Hruby (right) invented the peptides for novel skin cancer prevention. Photos: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Monday, May 28, 2018

Over 3 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually, but we have a natural defense against cancer-causing UV rays: melanin. Now, the UA has licensed two melanin-producing peptides to startup MCR Therapeutics.

Rakhi Gibbons, TLA Director of Licensing

Rakhi Gibbons, Director of Licensing, Tech Launch Arizona. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Monday, May 21, 2018

In her new position, Rakhi Gibbons now oversees all TLA licensing operations. Learn more about Rakhi and her new role. 

The Urbix team, From left: Nicolas Cuevas, Adam Small, Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay. Photo credit: Urbix Resources

The Urbix team, From left: Nicolas Cuevas, Adam Small, Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay. Photo credit: Urbix Resources

Monday, May 14, 2018

Co-founded by UA alumni, the company was recently named to receive a technology development voucher for work on ultra-high purity isotropic graphite. The technology, licensed to Urbix, began as a sponsored project in the College of Optical Sciences.

SinfoníaRx President Kevin Boesen and CEO Fletcher McCusker at TLA's first awards event in 2014. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

SinfoníaRx President Kevin Boesen and CEO Fletcher McCusker at TLA's first awards event in 2014. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Friday, May 11, 2018

AZBigMedia reports that Sinfonía HealthCare Corporation's sale of subsidiary and UA startup SinfoníaRx to Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Inc. has been selected as the 2017 Deal  of the Year by the Arizona chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

From left to right: Christopher Hulme, PhD, graduate assistant Chris Foley, and Travis Dunkley, PhD. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

From left to right: Christopher Hulme, PhD, graduate assistant Chris Foley, and Travis Dunkley, PhD. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Iluminos Therapeutics has licensed UA-created compounds that have the potential to treat neurodegenerative disease. The inventors hail from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center. 

Co-inventor Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee, MD, Professor of Medicine, Optical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, with a prototype of the new probe. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Co-inventor Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee, MD, Professor of Medicine, Optical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, with a prototype of the new probe. Photo: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Thursday, April 19, 2018

UA researchers Drs. Bhaskar Banerjee and Rongguang “Ron” Liang have invented a dual-view probe for medical endoscopy demonstrated to increase polyp detection rates 58 percent to 98 percent. Their startup, Omniscient, is working to bring the technology to the public.

UA President Robert C. Robbins (left) talks with Professor Moe Momayez, PhD, about the mining sensor network he developed and is bringing to market via a startup, Guia. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

UA President Robert C. Robbins (left) talks with Professor Moe Momayez, PhD, about the mining sensor network he developed and is bringing to market via a startup, Guia. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On March 19, TLA held its fifth annual I-Squared Expo & Awards, honoring those whose work impacts the quality of life for people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world through research, invention, collaboration and commercialization.

Douglas Hockstad, Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona

Douglas Hockstad, Assistant Vice President, will be taking over the leadership of TLA as David Allen retires at the end of April. Photo credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The UA has named Douglas Hockstad to fill the position held by David Allen, effective April 28, 2018. Allen, who is retiring, was appointed as TLA vice president in 2012 to reinvigorate the UA’s research commercialization activities.

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