The UIVentures program at the University of Iowa has started a venture accelerator to move “non-FDA” startups based on university research to market more quickly. The accelerator brings together several internal and outside services to speed up market entry while increasing their chance for long-term success.
Dr. David Lubaroff, Professor Emeritus, Emeritus Professor of Urology has received a UIRF GAP award of $75,000 to assist in advancing his prime-boost prostate cancer treatment method toward commercialization. The GAP project will confirm pervious positive research results, and complete several other critical proof of concept experiments. Successful completion of this project will enable licensing the IP to Ohana Vaccines, an early stage UIVentures startup.
The University of Iowa is a NSF I-Corps site managed by UIVentures and JPEC. Our program offers workshops to introduce faculty, staff, (and now) graduate students and postdocs to research commercialization. Their product or service, is called their intellectual property or IP, and is typically based on research discoveries or inventions achieved in a UI lab.
UIVentures and JPEG have started a four evening workshop series to introduce faculty, post-docs, graduate level inventors to the first steps in commercialization. Faculty Innovation Workshops focus on the first Lean Innovation concept of Discovery. The goal is to get out of the building and talk with potential user and purchasers of their discovery. This series if targeted specifically for high technology medical, engineering, healthcare innovations. Teams completing the workshops receive $1,500-$2,500 awards. A company need not be incorporated to participate.
This commercialization funding competition is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technologies. Funds are available to support the development of innovations with commercial potential through a range of stages in technology development, from initial concept, through proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization.
Launched in 2007, the GAP Funding Program helps close the distance between a brilliant idea and a commercially viable outcome. It’s goal is to ‘de-risk’ an invention so it might be more attractive for further commercialization funding or private investment or licensing to an existing company, or generate new intellectual property around which a new venture can be formed.
Pre-proposals will be accepted between June 1 - July 31, 2015. Full proposals (by invitation only) will be accepted July 1 - August 31, 2015.