Building a Rainforest in the Desert
UNM/UPenn Technology Receives FDA IND Clearance
A drug discovered more than a decade ago at UNM and NMSU by Dr. Eric Prossnitz (UNM) and Dr. Jeffrey Arterburn (NMSU) and combined with a drug discovered at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 has received FDA clearance as an Investigational New Drug (IND). These discoveries led to the formation of startup Linnaeus Therapeutics. The company licenses G-1 and related compounds from STC. The new drug will now advance to human clinical trials for patients with advanced cancers.

STC's Quarter One Issued Patents

STC had nine issued patent in their first quarter of fiscal year 2020.

New Book Ranks Albuquerque Among Best Cities to Become Technology Hubs
A new book recently published by two MIT professors argues that investing federal dollars geographically to create technology hubs in cities across the U.S. that lose out to the few east-coast/west-coast super cities for most private and public investments in basic science and invention commercialization will dramatically result in widespread innovation that boosts economic growth and good-paying jobs. In Jump-Starting America, How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream, authors Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson have identified 102 urban communities that are promising candidates for next generation tech hubs. All have large populations, highly educated workforces, and a low cost of living and span 36 states across all regions of the country. Albuquerque placed 62nd among those chosen.

Japanese Students Participate in STC Professional Internship Academy
A group of four Japanese students from Kwansei Gakuin University and the NIC International College recently participated in a week of student pitch training at the Lobo Rainforest Building through STC’s Professional Internship Academy. The students were sponsored by the City of Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture, in Japan. The City is trying to encourage more young people, especially students, to start new companies.

In the Spotlight – Rita E. Serda, PhD

Beyond the need for preventative vaccines, there is a global need for therapeutic cancer vaccines. Dr. Serda's research explores vaccines that are able to overcome cancer-related suppression of cell-mediated immune responses and guide specific immune responses against cells expressing tumor-associated neoantigens.

AgilVax Chairman Assumes CEO Role
Agilvax announced that Joseph Patti has been appointed President & CEO. Patti, the company’s former chairman replaces Dr. Federica Pericle, who stepped down as CEO in June. AgilVax is commercializing a virus-like particle (VLP) technology platform, developed by researchers Dr. David Peabody and Dr. Bryce Chackerian from the University of New Mexico, for targeted cancer immunotherapies and vaccines.

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the NM Rainforest University Center program provides entrepreneurial training and technical assistance at all UNM campus sites. These seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. In-person and live stream options available. The next seminar is:
Selling Without a Store - NM Rainforest University Center Webinar
October 29, 10 a.m. 12 p.m.
Webinar may be viewed online via Zoom

Featuring Christopher Garcia, Small Business Advisor at UNM-Valencia Campus. Mr. Garcia will discuss the topics outlined in Tamara E. Holmes' article, Selling Without a Store, which discusses pop-up shops, online marketplaces, food trucks, flash sales, and flea markets. Mr. Garcia will take a deep dive into these tops and further identify permitting/licensing requirements, stress the need for a marketing plan, and demonstrate traditional and social media marketing tactics.

This webinar will also be broadcasted for viewing at UNM-Valencia in Room 101 at the Learning Resource Center as well as in the Seminar Room at the Lobo Rainforest.
Lobo Rainforest Welcomes New Mentor Office Hours - Open to Students, Faculty and Staff
Rainforest Mentor Hours
Friday, October 18
9 AM - 12 PM | Lobo Rainforest Building

Available 1:1 mentoring with Stacy Sacco, Director of the UNM Small Business Institute and President of Sacco Connections, where he will provide guidance, coaching, perspective, and connections to enhance entrepreneurship and connections to resources at UNM and in the community. There are many resources available to those who have ideas that they may want to turn into a business! Come by and learn more about what is available and which connections are the best fit for you.

All attendees receive a copy of the Lobo Rainforest Ecosystem Resource Guide!
Startup Mentoring Opportunities at the Lobo Rainforest - Open Office Hours
The Albuquerque Small Business Development Center (SBDC) , Albuquerque Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) , and STC hold office hours offering free business mentoring every month at the Lobo Rainforest Building.

Upcoming Open Hours:  
October 4, 9 a.m. - noon
October 18, 9 a.m. - noon
October 25, 9 a.m. - noon
Rainforest Forum Meeting - Student Entrepreneur Panel

Thursday, October 31
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Lobo Rainforest Building

Come out and hear from a panel of University of New Mexico students who have launched start-up companies while still pursuing their degree. Hear about their experiences, hurdles and successes first-hand!

In the spirit of Halloween, wear a "Funny Hat" to the meeting and have a chance of winning a prize for the most unique hat!
We invite the community, family and supporters to the final live pitch event on October 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., register here .
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