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First Round Of Funding Unveiled To Commercialize Products Created Through Labs; Universities

on March 14, 2016 - 4:56pm

From The Office Of The Governor:

ALBUQUERQUE — This afternoon, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the first batch of funding to help develop and commercialize several innovative products that are the result of partnerships between researchers at New Mexico's laboratories and universities, and the private sector.

The initiative is through the Technology Research Collaborative, which Martinez reestablished in 2013 and allows teams of researchers to compete for funding to bring their ideas and products into the marketplace.

“The technology we develop and create in our labs and universities is truly incredible, and we need to take full advantage of these opportunities by bringing them into the private sector,” Martinez said. “I am confident that with this funding, we can continue to invest in New Mexico’s bright technological future. And by doing so, we will create jobs, strengthen our institutions, and diversify our economy.”

The six projects are:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Tech will use a $38,000 award to develop arsenic removal technology to purify water used in the oil and gas industry.
  • The University of New Mexico will collaborate with Sandia National Laboratory and Dynamic Photonics through a $60,000 award to develop a significantly cheaper way to produce optical receivers which are used in laser-based fiber optic communications.
  • With a $62,000 award, UNM will collaborate with the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Skinfrared, Inc., to develop advanced infrared imaging tools that can be used in a wide variety of operations, such as commercial, military, medical, and others.
  • With $40,000, UNM will collaborate with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies and OptiPulse, Inc. to commercialize new approaches to growing and expanding wireless broadband.
  • Through a $50,000 award, UNM will work with Pressure Analysis Corporation and Albuquerque’s own Duke City Gladiators to develop football helmets designed to lower the risk of head injuries.
  • With $50,000, New Mexico State University will collaborate with NMX Organic Pesticides to develop pesticide and fertilizer products to provide organic farmers with more natural options to protect their crops.

The Governor enacted legislation reestablishing the Technology Research Collaborative in 2013. The collaborative is made up of presidents of New Mexico’s three research universities: the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, as well several other appointees.

Together, the group works to identify projects that are of interest to New Mexico’s labs, universities and private-sector companies, and provide them with funding to bring these ideas to the private sector.

“With tools like these, we ensure that the ideas of tomorrow are developed, made, and sold to the world – from right here in New Mexico,” Martinez concluded.