Explore the latest news about Venture Partners at CU Boulder and keep up to date on the impact CU's startups and technologies are making.

Wil Srubar

Wil Srubar named as nominee for 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award

July 24, 2023

College of Engineering and Applied Science—Srubar's lab conducts major research into biomimetic and living materials that have the potential to drastically reduce environmental pollution caused by construction activities around the globe.

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VitriVax wins $29M Department of Defense contract for vaccine research

July 19, 2023

BizWest—VitriVax Inc., a Boulder-based developer of vaccine-shot technology and CU Boulder spinout, was recently awarded a five-year, $29 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to create a single-injection, thermostable vaccine for melioidosis and glanders.

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Physicist-turned-engineer earns international recognition for quantum contributions

July 13, 2023

College of Engineering and Applied Science—Svenja Knappe and her colleagues have developed a helmet that contains 128 sensors and is customizable for different sizes of the human head. Knappe founded the Boulder-based company FieldLine and has begun to bring these sensors to market. In the not-so-distant future, they could aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions like epilepsy, autism and traumatic brain injuries.

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CU Boulder brings in outside entrepreneurs to take on deep-tech orphans

July 5, 2023

Tech Transfer Central—CU Boulder has developed the Embark Deep Tech Start-Up Creator to provide an alternate mechanism for forming a new business: their founders are not the inventor but rather outside entrepreneurs who are matched with existing innovations to build a start-up around.

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The future of recycling could one day mean dissolving plastic with electricity

July 5, 2023

CU Boulder Today—Chemists at CU Boulder have developed a new way to recycle a common type of plastic found in soda bottles and other packaging and are working with Venture Partners at CU Boulder to bring it to real-world applications. The team’s method relies on electricity and some nifty chemical reactions, and it’s simple enough that you can watch the plastic break apart in front of your eyes.

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New Iridium secures $1M NSF SBIR Phase II grant

June 29, 2023

Innosphere Ventures—New Iridium, a CU Boulder spinout dedicated to decarbonizing the chemical industry and driving sustainable innovation, announced it has been awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant. This grant will enable New Iridium to advance its cutting-edge photocatalysis platform that uses light rather than heat, revolutionizing the production of low-carbon chemicals while significantly reducing costs compared to today’s processes.

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When it comes to treating resistant breast cancer, 2 drugs may be better than 1

June 15, 2023

CU Boulder Today—In 2016, Pfizer began collaborating with Sabrina Spencer, a global leader in time-lapse cell imaging and member of the CU Cancer Center, to study how cancer cells respond to their potent new drugs called CDK2 inhibitors.

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Advanced Industries grants accelerate University of Colorado startups and researchers

June 8, 2023

CU Boulder researcher Linda Watkins and CU startups Beryl Therapeutics Inc., Modendo Inc. and TissueForm Inc. are among 37 companies and researchers awarded Proof of Concept and Early-Stage Capital Retention grants through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

Derek Jeter

MLB legend Derek Jeter invests in Meati Foods

June 8, 2023

VegNews—Meati Foods, a CU Boulder spinout and the innovative producer of plant-based meat alternatives crafted from mushroom root, announced that former Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame member and entrepreneur Derek Jeter has become an investor and advisor for the company.

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Remnants of ancient virus may fuel ALS in people

June 6, 2023

CU Boulder researchers have identified a surprising new player in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)—an ancient, virus-like protein. With funding from the ALS Association, the National Institutes of Health, and Venture Partners at CU Boulder, Alexandra Whiteley's lab is now working to understand the molecular pathways involved and to find a way of inhibiting the rogue protein.