14 New Startups Emerge From UC Davis Innovations

One of the most exciting paths through which breakthrough technologies developed at the university reach the public is through startup companies. Last year alone, 14 new companies were enabled that are commercializing solutions that address important needs. One example includes Sierra Biopharma which is developing antigen-specific targeted biologics to treat autoimmune disorders.
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Research Highlights
Maximizing Use of Water Stored in Soil Could Result in Savings for Farmers
Researchers at UC Davis explored a “free” resource — rain water stored in the soil — and found that optimizing its use could go a long way to help meet demand for five California perennial crops.

Synthetic Version of CBD Treats Seizures in Rats
A synthetic, non-intoxicating analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) is effective in treating seizures in rats, according to research by chemists at UC Davis.
 
Study Outlines Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy
The study offers the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.

Study Finds Facts go Farther Than Personal Stories in Cancer Prevention
When it comes to cancer prevention messaging, clear information from trusted organizations has greater reach on social media than personal accounts of patients, new UC Davis research suggests.

New Methods Reduce Antibiotic Use by 30 Percent, Study Says
About half of the 10 million antibiotic prescriptions written by doctors in emergency departments go to people with viral infections, which are unresponsive to antibiotics. But researchers have devised methods to pull back these unneeded prescriptions.

New Insight into Airway Disease in Dogs
A recent study provides veterinarians a new understanding of airway disease in different breeds of dogs. This research could spark new areas of investigation and change how veterinarians treat brachycephalic (short nosed) dogs like French bulldogs.

Innovation News
UC Davis Honors Recipients of 2019 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards
Veterinarian Jamie Peyton was selected for her successful and groundbreaking use of sterilized tilapia skin to treat animals with burns. Neurologist Michael Rogawski was selected for his groundbreaking research with allopregnanolone to develop a treatment for postpartum depression.

Developing Psychedelics as Possible Treatments for Depression and Related Disorders
Delix Therapeutics, founded by David Olson, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, is investigating whether neural plasticity-promoting drugs could lead to new treatments for depression, anxiety and related disorders without the unwanted hallucinogenic effects of such molecules.

UC Davis Awards Over $400K to Advance Innovations Towards Commercialization
The Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, managed by Venture Catalyst, provides funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers. The goal of the program is to demonstrate early proof-of-concept and commercial potential or feasibility for technologies being developed with the intent of commercial translation.

Innovation in Health Care Tops UC Davis Business Competition
Maria Artunduaga, a physician scientist and CEO of Respira Labs, captured the $20,000 first prize in the 19th annual Big Bang! Business Competition with a device to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The wearable device uses acoustic sensors, real-time data and artificial intelligence to predict and prevent COPD attacks.

Innovator Spotlight
New Exhibition Shows Professor Annabeth Rosen’s Ceramic Sculptures
The first survey exhibition of UC Davis Professor Annabeth Rosen’s groundbreaking ceramic sculptures opens in San Francisco July 25. “Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped,” a 20-year-survey composed of 85 sculptures and drawings.

Featured Events
5th Annual Liver Research Day
Liver Research Day is an annual event sponsored by the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology within the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. This annual event promotes research and fosters collaboration across the UC Davis campus through an interdisciplinary symposium on a selected topic of liver disease. 
October 9, 2019

Meteorology and Climate-Modeling
The Meteorology and Climate-Modeling for Air Quality Conference will bring together research scientists from around the world to discuss a wide range of topics related to meteorology for air quality applications.
September 11-13, 2019

Ocean's Role in Sustainable Food Production
This symposium will present the current scientific, economic, social, and governance issues surrounding the ocean’s role in global food production and explore potential impacts of climate change.
September 16-17, 2019
Honors and Awards
Pam Ronald Elected to National Academy of Sciences

UC Davis Stands Out in World University Rankings

NASA Awards up to $15 Million Grant to Develop Enabling Technology for Spacecraft and Deep-space Bases

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