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VOL. 2, NO. 1, SEPTEMBER 2013 | techventures.columbia.edu
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Welcome Back

Looking ahead to a great academic year


Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to campus! As Columbia enters a new academic year, we are eager to announce two exciting opportunities for translational research funding, both of which have Fall deadlines: the next round of the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership Awards (matchmaking requests due October 1, 2013 and Pre-Proposals due December 1, 2013); and the PowerBridgeNY Awards for clean energy (due Oct 11, 2013). 

Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership
As many of you know, the goal of the Partnership is to position promising biomedical technologies for licensing to commercial partners who will develop solutions to improve patient care and address underserved healthcare needs. Last year, five projects were selected including a benchtop device to increase the diagnostic viability of small volume tissue specimens, a device for delivery of intracochlear therapeutics device, a sterilization device to reduce surgical site infections, an imaging system for real-time, intra-procedural detection of pre-cancerous lesions in the GI tract, and a bioengineered therapy for obesity and diabetes.

Ultimately, by advancing the development of these technologies, the Partnership seeks to ready them for private investment and eventual introduction into the marketplace. I encourage you to consider submitting a pre-proposal, no matter your idea’s stage of development or the status of your team. The program is available to assist with proposal coaching and identifying potential collaborators. To learn more, please attend one of the four upcoming Information Sessions or visit: www.bme.columbia.edu/coulter.
 
PowerBridgeNY
Supported by NYSERDA, PowerBridgeNY is a collaboration across Columbia, Cornell, Stony Brook, Brookhaven, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York, with the goal of creating more and stronger energy-related start-ups within New York State. PowerBridgeNY will be awarding grants of up to $150K and providing technical and business support to university research teams developing commercially-promising clean energy technologies. The application process will open on September 30, 2013 , and pre-proposal applications will be due on October 11, 2013. For more information, please attend the Columbia information session on September 17th or September 30th.

Best wishes,

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

PowerBridgeNY Info Session #1

SEPTEMBER 17 | 1:00-2:30PM | TEACHER'S COLLEGE
PowerBridgeNY will provide support to project teams from these institutions to help commercialize promising clean energy technologies, either via the formation of a start-up or by licensing the technology to an existing company.
Columbia-Coulter Info Session #1

SEPTEMBER 18 | 12:00-1:00PM | CUMC
The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is now accepting Pre-Proposals for its 2013-2014 application cycle. Come learn more about the application process.
SBIR/STTR 101

SEPTEMBER 24 | 9:00AM-12:00PM | MSSM
This half-day session hosted by SBIR Impact NYC covers program basics and eligibility requirements in depth and provides introductory information on the SBIR/STTR programs at the major federal agencies.
The Cell in Art and Science

SEPTEMBER 30 | 7:30-8:30PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
As part of CUriosity3, this event features Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor of Biological Engineering at Columbia.
Introduction to Technology Transfer

OCTOBER 7 | 5:00-6:00PM | CUMC
As part of the CTV's Educational Event Series, Executive Director Orin Herskowitz will give his Introduction to Technology Transfer on the Columbia University Medical Center campus.
NYC Emerging Technologies Summit

NOVEMBER 6 | 1:00-6:00PM | MSKCC
A joint initiative of 11 NYC-based universities and medical institutions, 20 presenters from all of the universities have 5 minutes each to present commercially ready bioscience technologies to an audience of more than 350 private and industry investors.
Patents 101

NOVEMBER 7 | 5:00-6:00PM | CUMC
As part of the Columbia Technology Ventures Educational Event Series, Dr. Jeff Sears, Columbia's Chief Patent Counsel, will be addressing CUMC innovators and other members of the Columbia community.
See All Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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