COBRE-PSF internal advisory committee member and researcher Heather Desaire is one of two KU researchers whose work was featured at the annual University Research & Entrepreneurship Symposium (URES) April 3, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The symposium is designed to introduce a select group of cutting-edge university technologies to investors and entrepreneurs, wich the goal of securing funding for new startup companies and converting university technologies into new products and cures.
Desaire, professor of chemistry at The University of Kansas, is working with entrepreneur Melinda Toumi to develop new protein production technologies that are broadly applicable to many areas of biomedical research.
The URES has a strong history of creating partnerships that result in new university startup companies and the commercialization of university inventions. During the past five years, 13 companies have received nearly $100 million in funding due to presentations at the symposium.
There are currently 24 KU startup companies in existence, and the university has 72 active license agreements with companies for the commercial use of KU inventions.
Edited April 2, 2013 article from the KU Office of Public Affairs