U.Va. Innovators Look to Strike a 'Match' at TECHSTORM

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011 — University of Virginia inventors and business development agents will pitch promising U.Va. research discoveries to entrepreneurs, industry representatives and investors at Thursday's TECHSTORM event in Fairfax.

The first-time, national event is "exclusively focused on matching innovative technologies developed at universities and federal labs with entrepreneurs and [industry] in-licensing professionals" for further development and commercialization.

Among the projects presented will be U.Va.'s Initiative reCOVER, a School of Architecture program focused on the research, design and fabrication of transitional disaster recovery shelters.

"I am focused on working with industry partners to develop state-of-the-art, production-ready transitional housing systems and products and to make them available for large-scale domestic and international disaster recovery efforts," said Anselmo Canfora, assistant professor of architecture and director of the initiative.

Along with business development staff from the U.Va. Patent Foundation and Office of Innovation Partnerships and Commercialization, Canfora will be on hand at the event to discuss potential partnerships and new ventures involving reCOVER.

In addition, clinician-scientist Dr. John F. Hunt, associate professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, will present a device designed to detect airway inflammation and lung disease through continuous and non-invasive analysis of patients' exhaled breath.

"University of Virginia researchers are breaking ground in so many critical areas of disease and development," said Miette H. Michie, interim executive director and CEO of the U.Va. Patent Foundation. "We welcome entrepreneurs, industry representatives and investors to partner with the University in translating these innovative discoveries into products available to the public."

Additional featured U.Va. technologies will include:

•    A tool for efficiently screening liver-damaging compounds in early drug development [view description]
•    Low-cost and portable digital camera systems for optical diabetes screening [view description]
•    High-presence, low-bandwidth, apparent 3-D video-conferencing with a single camera [view description]
•    Biocompatible, oxygen-sensing nanoparticles for detection of tumors and other tissues [view description]
•    Fast, highly accurate, broadband molecular spectroscopy technology for chemical analysis of molecules (with applications to homeland security, defense, research and industry) [view description]
•    Micromachined electronics probes for on-chip, submillimeter measurements

For information, contact Morgan Estabrook at 434-982-4191 or morgan@uvapf.org.

As a member institution of the Academic Licensing Community of Virginia, or ALCOVe, U.Va. is co-hosting TECHSTORM along with fellow ALCOVe counterparts George Mason University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, the College of William & Mary, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Liberty University, as well as Amplifier Ventures. The event is being produced by InnovateTech Ventures.

Media Contact

Morgan Estabrook

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications U.Va. Innovation