Skip to Content

Startups, Partnerships Fuel New Technology at U

otc report

It sounds like a puzzle pulled from the pages of a medical textbook: Imagine you wanted to treat cancer by blocking the blood flow to a tumor, but needed the artery to open itself back up later.

Dr. Jafar Golzarian, director of interventional radiology at the University of Minnesota, solved the puzzle and brought its solution to life. His natural polymer bead, which breaks down after a period of time, fit the bill and was so promising it gave root to EmboMedics, a new medical technology company.

Golzarian’s invention is one of the many research projects the U has spun off as a startup over the years to help new technology reach the market. The U launched a record 14 startups during fiscal 2013, according to a recent Office for Technology Commercialization report on the U’s growing tech transfer efforts.

While new companies are bringing U technology to market, partnerships between departments are thriving back on campus. College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Marilyn Speedie and her team are partnering with OTC to patent and commercialize their research, which includes new therapeutics for a wide range of diseases.

Across the board, OTC Executive Director Jay Schrankler said the U is bringing in more invention disclosures and filing more patents than ever before.

“Our goal is to maintain this innovative spirit, stay at the forefront of technology management, and to continue developing new ideas and programs in 2014,” Schrankler said.

Originally published on Business @ the U of M.

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a writer with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

Latest Blog Posts

Collage showing a vaccine, a young male using a pipette in a lab, a microscopic view of a coronavirus, and people conducting field research in a pond

University of Minnesota researchers successfully competed for a record amount of external funding last year, pushing past the $1 billion mark for the first time in the University’s history.

Read More
Categories:
Graphic reading: Grant-in-Aid

The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program supports scholarly and artistic activities of faculty to foster excellence throughout UMN.

Read More
Categories:
Pennycress growing in a field

Through a combination of basic and applied science, researchers are bringing growers an economically feasible way to better protect soil and water.

Read More
Senior woman picking vegetables in garden

Research suggests nature has placed constraints on how much the underlying rate of aging can be slowed, even as nutrition and public health improve.

Read More