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U of Kentucky partners with Space Tango to send university innovations into space

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 14th, 2018

The University of Kentucky (UK) has partnered with Space Tango, a company that enables research and development in microgravity, to send university research into space.

The agreement, brokered through the UK Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), is designed to boost commercialization for UK inventors in life sciences and biomedicine. UK and Space Tango will share income resulting from the agreement.

“The partnership between UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization and Space Tango will facilitate microgravity environment research that would otherwise not be an option for UK researchers,” says Lisa Cassis, vice president for research at the university. “We look forward to discoveries that develop from this partnership.”

Ian McClure, director of OTC, comments, “Our hope is that, by using this unique opportunity, proof of concept and development can be realized by researchers for inventions that otherwise may not get past conception, and we can thereby increase our chances for commercialization of these discoveries.

“The agreement that our office has finalized with Space Tango incentivizes their provision of this unique opportunity to UK researchers,” adds McClure. “Using a standardized and streamlined approach we developed together with Space Tango, our office will work with interested UK researchers and Space Tango to develop a project plan that maximizes commercialization opportunities.”

Space Tango co-founder and CEO Twyman Clements, who is also a UK mechanical engineering graduate, comments, “Space Tango is excited to formalize this agreement allowing the transfer of ideas from the university to commercial pathways. To work with and help build potential new therapies, products or basic science discoveries alongside faculty and students is an amazing opportunity, particularly as Space Tango is full of UK alumni.”

Source: UK Now

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