Venture Partners: 2020 in Review

Dec. 20, 2020

As we wind down for the holidays, the Venture Partners team wants to celebrate the accomplishments of our resilient community of world-class innovators, business partners and dedicated mentors. We’re excited to share our highlights of this year.

destination startup

Third annual Destination Startup® event goes regional, connecting top research-based startups with investors

Dec. 16, 2020

From February 16-18, 2021, Venture Partners will host the biggest Destination Startup® yet, showcasing 26 startups from 10 different universities across six states in the Rocky Mountain region—not just Colorado—and drawing investors from around the world. Registration is now open!

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Inscripta wins Company of the Year at Colorado BioScience Association's Annual Awards Celebration

Dec. 14, 2020

CBSA celebrated companies and organizations driving new health innovations to save and change lives around the world during their 2020 virtual Annual Awards Celebration.


The Scientist magazine names Inscripta's Onyx™ Digital Genome Engineering Platform a top 10 innovation of 2020

Dec. 14, 2020

Their lead product, Onyx™ is based on tech exclusively licensed from CU Boulder.

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Lab Venture Challenge awards record-breaking $1.35 million to promising CU Boulder ventures

Nov. 23, 2020

This year's 12 LVC winners included LumenAstra, Endoculus, Gene-Lock, Think Bioscience, HeapSi, Vitro3D, Modern Shennong, OTORO Energy, TYNT, Blue Cubed, Minus Materials and Resonant Inclusions.

Carson Bruns and Professor Franck Vernerey

Researchers scale up tiny actuator inspired by muscle

Nov. 20, 2020

Mechanical Engineering Professor Franck Vernerey, Assistant Mechanical Engineering Professor Carson Bruns and ATLAS Institute received $477,000 from the National Science Foundation to begin this three-year project in January 2021. Their research may one day enable soft machines to fully integrate with our bodies to deliver drugs, target tumors, or repair aging or dysfunctional tissue.

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CU Boulder spinouts and technologies receive $642,000 in Advanced Industries Grants

Nov. 19, 2020

Two CU Boulder spinouts and one technology were among 37 Colorado startups approved for funding as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. The awards went to Darwin Biosciences, Think Biosciences and Assistant Mechanical Engineering Professor Carson Bruns.

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'Electronic skin' promises cheap and recyclable alternative to wearable devices

Nov. 6, 2020

Led by professors Jianliang Xiao and Wei Zhang, researchers are developing a wearable electronic device that’s “really wearable”—a stretchy and fully-recyclable circuit board that’s inspired by, and sticks onto, human skin.

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CU Boulder spinout ColdQuanta raises $32M in Series A funding to accelerate development of quantum systems

Nov. 5, 2020

The company was co-founded by CTO Dana Anderson, who is also a fellow of JILA and professor in the department of physics and electrical & computer engineering.

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Bristol Myers Squibb acquires MyoKardia, co-founded by CU Boulder faculty, for $13.1 billion in cash

Oct. 22, 2020

MyoKardia was co-founded by Leslie Leinwand, Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and developmental Biology at CU Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute, in 2012. Leinwand and her research lab continue to collaborate with the company, currently on finding new treatments for rare genetic diseases.