Building a Rainforest in the Desert
UNM Rainforest Forum Features Members from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program
During the forum, members from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership ( AEDL) program discussed the goals of the program and how it strives to expand the skills of today’s leaders in the field of economic development. Neal Wade, AEDL Managing Partner, commented that “the concept is 8 – 10 years old… [and] based in part on the simple question: Can we take mid- to senior- level training to another level? ” Presently, AEDL is nationwide alliance of four major universities offering an advanced economic development leadership course for mid- and senior-level economic development professionals. Participants receive advanced training in leadership, innovation, project management, negotiation, and other areas to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of contemporary economic development.

Registration is now open for AEDL 4.0 beginning fall 2020!
Week 1: November 2-6, 2020 at Kauffman Conference Center, Kansas City, MO
Week 2: May 17-21, 2021 at University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, MS

New Coalition Launches to Celebrate and Protect the Bayh-Dole Act
Bayh-Dole 40 is a coalition of research and scientific organizations, as well as those directly involved in commercializing new products, dedicated to celebrating and protecting the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980, better known as the “Bayh-Dole Act.” The coalition was formed to educate policymakers about Bayh-Dole’s positive impact on medical innovation and defend the Act against imminent threats during its 40th anniversary year.

GPER G-1 Development Group Announces: Researchers at the University of New Mexico Publish Their Advancements in Treating Diabetes and Obesity in Renowned Medical Journal
GPER G-1 Development Group, a portfolio company of the New Mexico Start-up Factory, is a New Mexico-based drug discovery company developing a diabetes and weight loss drug based on technology developed at the University of New Mexico. GPER G-1 Development Group congratulates the UNM-led team of investigators that recently published a manuscript in Science Translational Medicine (one of the premiere journals from the American Association for the Advancement of Science) titled “Preclinical efficacy of the GPER-selective agonist G-1 in mouse models of obesity and diabetes.” Eric Prossnitz, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Molecular Medicine, is the senior author of the paper. The publication highlights the recent discovery of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) as a novel therapeutic target for obesity and diabetes.

Japanese Graduate Students and New Director of MPO, Inc. Participate in STC’s Internship Academy
STC.UNM’s Internship Academy hosted a group of graduate students from Osaka Prefecture University and Osaka City University located in Osaka, Japan, and the Director of MPO, Inc., the technology transfer office of St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Japan. The six graduate students participated in STC’s five-day internship program designed to help students foster an entrepreneurial mindset and for those interested in learning about the role of a technology transfer office.

In the Spotlight
Featured inventor in the STC 2020 calendar
STC Celebrating 25 Years!
Join us at the upcoming Innovation Awards dinner on April 7. This is an extra special year for STC as it is our 25 year anniversary. We will have a celebratory toast at the awards dinner to commemorate this milestone year!

More details below.
Startup Mentoring Opportunities at the Lobo Rainforest - Open Office Hours
Upcoming Open Hours:  
March 20, 9 am - noon
March 27, 9 am - noon
Start-up Boot Camp & Mentoring Session
NM Rainforest University Center

Would you like to start or grow your business? Come meet with UNM-Valencia mentor, Susan Cornelius to discuss your ideas!

Wednesday, March 25
UNM Valencia Campus / live stream via Zoom
(280 La Entrada Rd., Learning Resources Center 101C, Los Lunas, NM 87031)
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UNM Business and Economic Summit
October 13, 2020

This event will continue our statewide dialogue about ways to grow our New Mexico economy and our innovation ecosystem. Themed, “New Mexico 2030,” the goal is to convene stakeholders (public, private and non-profit) from across New Mexico. Recognizing the progress that the state has made to date, the Summit will envision the next decade of economic growth in New Mexico.
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