Happy holidays from Columbia Technology Ventures!
Dear Colleagues, 

As we approach Winter break, we at Columbia Tech Ventures wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday season.  During the holidays, our thoughts turn to those around the world without the resources to enjoy the season in safety and comfort.  As always, we are inspired by so many Columbia innovators whose efforts are focused on the betterment of society, particularly for those in need. 
Some of these are efforts, such as LuminAID, a waterproof, solar-powered lantern, are already making a difference.  Emerging from Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in May 2010, LuminAID was conceived following the Haiti earthquake, and has been used to provide light to families left without power after Sandy as part of LuminAID’s "Give Light, Get Light" program.
Other products are on their way, such as Jibon Health’s prototype of a low-cost emergency obstetric device. The founders, a team of recent undergraduates from Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science, hopes to address postpartum hemorrhage, one of the leading causes of maternal mortality which is still a significant problem in many parts of the globe.
In earlier stages, Dr. Ilya Trakht of the Department of Medicine has developed a technology that may have the potential to combat malaria, benefiting the millions of people suffering from this disease around the world.
Similarly, Dr. Sam Sia in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is developing a handheld antenatal device for low-income countries, building on the success of his “lab-on-a-chip” prostate cancer diagnostic test previously commercialized via Claros.  Last fall, USAID announced a $2 million award to the Sia lab for scaling up a version of the Claros test designed for HIV diagnosis in Rwanda.
These are just a few examples of exciting projects Columbia faculty, students, and alumni are engaged in across the university that give us hope for a safer and healthier world.  At the close of this year, we send our best wishes for a happy and productive 2013 and beyond. 


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

Events & Deadlines

Bio and Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC
Application Deadline: December 28, 2012
Building the Medical Device Ecosystem in NYC
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

Patents 101
Speaker: Jeff Sears, JD PhD
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

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Available Technologies

Polycrystalline Thin-Film Silicon for Solar Cells through Flash Lamp Annealing
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Bronchospasm and Airway Constriction Control for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients, Particularly During Anesthesia and Endotracheal Intubation
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Disposable Filtration System for Cytopathology Creates Cell Blocks for Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
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