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U of New Mexico I-Corps program partners with Sandia and AFRL


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2018

A new partnership between the University of New Mexico (UNM) I-Corps program, Sandia National Laboratories and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is helping researchers at the partnering labs accelerate their technologies to the marketplace.

Both Sandia and AFRL are sponsoring one team from each lab to join the NSF I-Corps program, which offers workshops, mentoring, networking and hands-on experience through a 10-week course for scientists who want to commercialize their innovations.

Each team from Sandia and AFRL will receive $3,400 to develop their technology and market strategy. Those that show high commercial potential will become eligible to apply for NSF grants of up to $50,000 for further development. Both labs asked to “piggy back” on the existing UNM I-Corps program, and they are also contributing $5,000 per participating team, reports Lisa Kuuttila, president and CEO of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech transfer arm. “We expect them to increase the number of teams that participate over time,” she adds.

For AFRL, the I-Corps program can help “tease out” commercial applications for military innovations, says Matthew Fetrow, director of the lab’s technology engagement office. “It’s a very structured 10-week program that will help us better understand customer pull for our technologies,” he says. “It’s another tool in our tech transfer tool box.”

Sandia researcher Adam Baker is participating in the program to advance his process for rapid DNA sequencing, which took first place at Sandia’s second annual lab pitch competition this fall. “Through the I-Corps program, Adam can now take the next steps in marketing this technology,” says Jackie Kerby Moore, manager of technology and economic development at Sandia. “It’s another example of how UNM, Sandia and the AFRL are all working together … to deploy more of our technologies into the marketplace.”

Source: Source: Albuquerque Journal

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