Two UNM-LA Innovators Selected for Los Alamos Discovery Day

Staff Report

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC), the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and the High Desert Discovery District (HD3) announced that 14 New Mexico innovators were chosen to present their ideas and/or technologies to a panel of business and subject matter experts at the Los Alamos Discovery Day, sponsored by Jaynes Corporation, Feb. 6.  

This event will be held at the Los Alamos Research Park and is not open to the public as it is a private consultation for the innovators.

Of the 14 companies/innovators chosen to present, two are recent students from one of the NMC’s partner universities, UNM-Los Alamos. The creators of ClipCam and GFP Biotech completed instructor Nicholas Seet’s “Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise” course last fall.   

“I’m delighted that two of my students’ projects were chosen to be included in the Los Alamos Discovery Day event,” Seet said. “We want to do all that we can to help serve the local start-up community.”

HD3 received more than 30 applications from various individuals and companies, including local businesses, university technologies and LANL technologies, each one vying for a limited number of spots in the Discovery Day lineup, said Michelle Miller, founder and CEO of HD3.

“We received many strong applications from all over New Mexico for the Los Alamos Discovery Day,” Miller said. “We are very pleased to explore in greater depth their technology maturity, market need, management capacity and investment readiness.”

Discovery Day is an opportunity for regional innovators to vet and discuss their ideas to a highly experienced group of entrepreneurs, innovators, technology management experts, and investors. Innovators present their business ideas to a panel of more than 30 experienced investors and subject matter experts. The opportunity is open to individuals with ideas or existing companies looking to accelerate their technology commercialization or move to the next phase of growth. 

The individuals and companies that will be presenting at the Los Alamos Discovery Day Feb. 6 are:

  • Vision Quest Biomedical, LLC
  • BlackFish, Inc.
  • Defiant Technologies, Inc.
  • Bionic Soil Solutions International
  • Ion Linac Systems
  • Advanced Clinical Cytogenics
  • Eldorado Biofuels
  • GFP Biotech
  • Aqua Research
  • Biophagy
  • ClipClam
  • Quantum Dots
  • Mixonium
  • Ealasid

At this event innovators gain the opportunity to:

  • Identify new research/development partners and potential funding sources;
  • Acquire new ideas or options for applications;
  • Discover alternative development directions and technologies;
  • Find potential commercialization strategies.

HD3 and its regional partners will host four Discovery Day events in 2014. The next Discovery Day will be held April 23-24 in Farmington, in partnership with the Four Corners Economic Development Corporation. ConocoPhillips will sponsor this event. For more information about Discovery Day, HD3 and the application process, visit www.hddd.org.

HD3 is a nonprofit organization with a mission to collaborate with NM’s entrepreneurs, scientific research institutions, and various economic development entities to bridge the gap between discovery and business. 

The LACDC works to provide for a viable community, by enabling a sustainable economy; it is a private not-for-profit 501(c) 6 organization that has been active in the community since 1983. For more information about the LACDC, visit http://losalamosdevelopment.com/

The NMC is a non-profit formed by the three NM research universities with goal of promoting collaboration and cutting edge science that will have societal impact, while leveraging capabilities and opportunities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. For more information about the NMC, visit www.newmexicoconsortium.org.

For more information about Discovery Day, contact Shannan Yeager at syeager@newmexicoconsortium.orgor 505.412.6898, or visit the NMC website.

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