Innovation & Entrepreneurship Expansion Initiative Enabled by AB 2664 Funding Continue to Show Early Signs of Impact
A one-time $2.2 million investment from the State of California under Assembly Bill 2664 is propelling new and expanded innovation and entrepreneurship initiative at the University of California, Davis, through enhancements related to infrastructure, resources, and business training programs. 

The programs represent a coordinated and collaborative effort among several campus entities including the Office of Research, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Student Startup Center, Biomedical Engineering, Office of the Provost, Office of Graduate Studies, and Internship and Career Center.

Approximately two years into the initiative, new and expanded programs have directly enabled 19 startups, accelerated 47 companies, led to 37 products, delivered 1,900 hours of mentoring, and trained over 950 aspiring entrepreneurs.
UC Davis Venture Catalyst SBIR/STTR Grant Workshop:
Using SBIR/STTR Funding to Advance Technology Development
  • Eva Garland, PhD, Founder and CEO, Eva Garland Consulting, LLC
  • Angela Pollard, PhD, Grant Writing Specialist, Eva Garland Consulting, LLC

The SBIR/STTR Program, also known as “America’s Seed Fund”, provides nearly $3 billion in funding each year to support the development of innovative technologies. This workshop will cover all aspects of how to strategically approach obtaining funding from the SBIR/STTR Program. Topics will include aligning your business and technology development needs with available SBIR/STTR opportunities, proposal development, budgets, and award management. The workshop will be led by Dr. Eva Garland and Dr. Angela Pollard, who have over 20 years of experience successfully securing hundreds of millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding for their own companies as well as for clients. Members of the Venture Catalyst team will also be available to engage with UC Davis affiliated startups interested in pursuing an SBIR/STTR grant.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:30PM - 8PM
Join us for Dinner @
UC Davis Office of Research
1850 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618
UC Davis Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange:
Tips for NIH Funding, IND Submissions, and Advancing Therapeutic Development Timelines
  • Michael V. Templin, PhD, DABT., Senior Principal Scientific Advisor, Charles River Laboratories

This talk will provide insights on developing therapeutics, including strategies to advance the timeline to get to the clinic, out-license, or spin out a company. Dr. Templin will discuss what the NIH is looking for in funding submission for early discovery packages related to compounds and target engagement as well as what the FDA and other regulatory bodies are looking for in an IND submission for preclinical development.

UC Davis startups and Venture Catalyst START Program participants interested in having a one-on-one meeting with Charles River representatives following the talk to discuss contract research for an SBIR/STTR proposal submission or other company R&D needs, please click here to select an available 30-minute slot.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Join us for Lunch @
Oak Park Research Building, UC Davis Health Campus
2700 Stockton Blvd, Seminar Room 1305
Sacramento, CA 95817
Transforming the Food System Through Strategic Partnerships in “Moonshots for Better Food”
The Innovation Institute for Food and Health (IIFH), in collaboration with Venture Catalyst, is partnering with FoodShot Global, a world-class consortium of investors, universities, and foundations to accelerate food system transformation through “Moonshots for Better Food”. Together, IIFH and the FoodShot consortium are expanding a vibrant innovation community in food and health, focusing on soil in their first annual challenge: Innovating Soil 3.0, which seeks projects and ideas that utilize the latest in technology, science and engineering to address the crisis of soil deterioration.... Read More
Can We Grow One of the World's Largest
Food Crops Without Fertilizer?
A multidisciplinary team from UC Davis, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated have found an indigenous variety of corn that can “fix nitrogen” from the atmosphere, instead of requiring synthetic fertilizers for enhanced growth. The team’s findings were published in the journal PLOS Biology. If this trait can be bred into conventional varieties of corn, it could reduce the need for added fertilizer and increase yields in regions with poor soil. Corn that fixes nitrogen could also help farmers in developing countries, who may not have access to fertilizer.... Read More
Artificial Cells Are Tiny Bacteria Fighters
UC Davis department of biomedical engineering researchers created "Lego block” artificial cells that can kill bacteria. The team’s artificial cells mimic the essential features of live cells, but are short-lived and cannot divide to reproduce themselves. The cells were designed to respond to a unique chemical signature on E. coli bacteria. They were able to detect, attack and destroy the bacteria in laboratory experiments. Antibacterial artificial cells can one day be infused into patients to tackle infections resistant to other treatments. They can also be used to deliver drugs at the specific location and time, or as biosensors.... Read More
On a Mission: $12 Million State Appropriation Earmarked for Jordan's Syndrome
Nine teams, including UC Davis stem cell researchers, are pursuing a cure for a rare disorder with links to autism, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. The condition, known as Jordan’s syndrome, is named after Jordan Lang, the first child diagnosed in the U.S. Through Jordan’s Guardian Angels foundation, an international team of clinicians and scientists have been collaborating on research since 2017 to learn about the mutation, which caused Jordan’s neurodevelopmental disorder. In June 2018 California Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 state budget, which included a one-time $12 million appropriation for Jordan’s syndrome research. UC Davis Health became involved in Jordan syndrome research in March 2017, after Jordan Lang’s pediatric neurologist heard an aneurology grand rounds talk describing the work at the Institute for Regenerative Cures. According to Jan Nolta, director of the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, state funding is especially important with the lack of federal funding for large program project grants.... Read More
UC Davis Received Top Rankings
UC Davis was recently recognized as a top-ranked university by several different publications, including:
  • Number 10 spot out of 316 public and private universities in Washington Monthly's September/October issue;
  • Eighth public and 11th overall among 727 US schools in Money Magazine's 2018 “Best Colleges”; and “Most Transformative Colleges” annual rankings;
  • Fifth among public universities in the U.S. in the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education’s annual ranking, up from its sixth place ranking the previous year;
  • Tied for 10th among public universities in the country in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges” rankings
In addition, U.S. News ranks the UC Davis Medical Center among the nation's best in 11 specialties; number 5 in California, and first in Sacramento.
UCOP Opens Innovation and Entrepreneurship Office in Beijing, China
UC’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) has established a liaison office in Beijing at TusStar, a leading tech incubator and early-stage investment fund. The key objective of this liaison office is to provide business development and business-matching services as well as overall administrative support to UC startups looking to expand their business in China. The new UC office will be located inside TusPark, the largest science park in Zhongguancun, the “Silicon Valley hub” of Beijing where multinational tech companies, such as Google, are based.... Read More
Startup News
Ennetix Launches AI-Powered Network Analytics for Optimal User Experience
Ennetix announced market availability of its xVISOR product, which provides industry-first, single-pane, real-time dynamic monitoring of every network resource that can impact the user experience of selected mission-critical application. Context-rich alerts from the Ennetix product prevent unsatisfactory performance before they occur, and in the case of serious issues, exponentially improve time to resolution.... Read More
MUSE Microscopy Named Innovation of the Year by Microscopy Today
A new microscope that enables pathologists to assess high-resolution images of biopsies and other fresh tissue samples for disease within minutes, without requiring the time-consuming preparation of conventional slides or destroying the tissue, has been named the top innovation for 2018 by Microscopy Today. The technology is being developed by Richard Levenson, professor and vice chair for strategic technologies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis.... Read More
Startup of the Month: Anu Snacks (Comstock’s Magazine)
Anu Snacks, founded by a UC Davis postdoctoral scholar in microbiology and immunology, Denise Bronner, was named Comstock's Startup of the Month. The company produces snack bars made from spent beer grains.... Read More
Engage3 Climbs Up the Inc. 5000 List
Engage3, which helps retailers and brands enhance their pricing performance through data science and analytics, announced that it has been included, for the second year in a row, in the prestigious Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S. Ranked at #1,458 last year, the company climbed up 327 spots to new ranking of #1,151.... Read More
Davis-Based Expanesthetics Raises Another $1.16 Million in Venture Capital (Sacramento Business Journal)
Expanesthetics, a UC Davis startup developing alternatives to general anesthetics, has raised $1.16 million in venture capital funding according to an SEC filing.... Read More
Sage Therapeutics Announces The Lancet Publishes Integrated Data from Pivotal Trials for Brexanolone Injection in Postpartum Depression
Sage Therapeutics announced The Lancethas published an integrated analysis across three, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies of brexanolone injection in women with postpartum depression (PPD). This new analysis, published for the first time, demonstrated significant and clinically meaningful reductions in HAM-D total score, a common measure of depression severity, following treatment with brexanolone 90 µg/kg/h at the primary timepoint of 60 hours compared with placebo.... Read More
Sage Therapeutics Targets Triangle for National Postpartum Depression Support Center (Triangle Business Journal)
A year after announcing a partnership with University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Sage Therapeutics is preparing to open a National Patient Support Center with an AmerisourceBergen subsidiary... Read More
Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) Announces Availability of its EDI PowerDrive 4000ev
Efficient Drivetrains announced the availability of its EDI PowerDrive™ 4000ev, utilized in Type-A school buses. The Class-4 offering rounds out the company’s all-electric school bus solution portfolio, spanning the full spectrum for Type C, D, and A, in the North American market.... Read More
PvP Biologics Announces First-in-Human Clinical Trials for a Novel Therapeutic for Celiac Disease
PvP Biologics announced the initiation of two first-in-human clinical trials for Kuma062, a product candidate for the treatment of celiac disease. Kuma062 is a uniquely engineered, recombinant enzyme that is active under acidic stomach conditions and has high specificity for the parts of gluten that cause the autoimmune reaction leading to celiac disease. Under a previously announced agreement, Takeda has an option to acquire PvP following completion of Phase 1 proof-of-principle studies for Kuma062.... Read More
Arcadia Biosciences Nears Commercialization of Its New Wheat-Based Products (Proactiveinvestors)
CEO Raj Ketkar and CFO Matt Plavan tell Proactive Investors that Arcadia Biosciences, the health and nutrition company, is getting very close to commercialization of its technology to produce new healthier wheat products with consumer packaged-goods companies using both enriched and whole wheat RS wheat flour.... Watch the Full Video
Arcadia Biosciences Files Notice of Appeal to the Federal Circuit and a Lawsuit in Federal Court in New York Challenging Arista Patents on High-Fiber Resistant Starch Wheat
Arcadia Biosciences announced that it has filed a notice of appeal to the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) against Arista Cereal Ingredients, Pty. Ltd. and two of its affiliates. The actions are related to Arcadia’s high-fiber Resistant Starch (RS) wheat.... Read More
Verdeca Introduces Drought Tolerant Soybeans in Argentina
Arcadia Biosciences and Bioceres S.A., through their joint venture Verdeca, announced the introduction of soybeans that deliver compelling yield increases under drought conditions. Arcadia and Bioceres formed Verdeca in 2012 to deploy next-generation soybean traits in all key production regions, beginning in South America and North America, which together represent nearly 80 percent of the harvested soybean acres globally.... Read More
New Study Reveals Activated B. Infantis EVC001 Reduces Colonic Mucin Degradation in Babies
Evolve BioSystems announced new study results showing that breastfed babies colonized by Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis EVC001 (the probiotic bacteria found in Evivo®) displayed significantly less evidence of mucin degradation compared to control infants who did not receive the beneficial Bifidobacterium. This is significant because the loss of mucin, a key component of the intestinal mucus layer, exposes the gut epithelium to potentially damaging interactions with the gut microbiome.... Read More
The Bright Future of MEMS Ultrasonic Solutions - Interview of Chirp Microsystems, a TDK Group Company (i-Micronews)
Chirp CEO Michelle Meng-Hsiung Kiang discusses the future of MEMS Ultrasonic Solutions with i-Micronews & Yole Développement.... Read More
Could an East Bay Startup's 'poop pill' Reset Your Pet's Gut? (San Francisco Business Journal)
AnimalBiome, founded by a UC Davis research scientist Holly Ganz, analyzes samples of animal excrement to discover the levels of bacteria in the guts of dogs and cats. If the bacteria levels are out of the normal range, the company then offers "poop pills," encapsulated fecal samples from animals with healthy guts, to rebalance the microbiome.... Read More
Career Opportunities at Evolve Biosystems
Evolve Biosystems is currently hiring for several sales positions across the US and Canada and an accounting manager position based out of Davis, CA.... Learn More
Career Opportunities at Chirp Microsystems
Chirp Microsystems is hiring for several positions at its Berkeley, CA location. Open positions include software applications engineer, assembly technician, product engineering, algorithms engineer, and test engineer.... Learn More
Regional Innovation News
Elk Grove is Spending $800K on Startups in Hopes of Reeling in the Next Apple or Google (Sacramento Bee)
The City of Elk Grove launched the The Startup Elk Grove Incentive Program, which will provide loans and grants to startup companies in the region. The city, which allocated $800,000 to start the program from its Economic Development Fund, plans to target tech startups.... Read More
Capital Region AR VR Pitch-Fest Kicks Off Capital Region AR VR Accelerator (StartupSac)
The Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Pitch-Fest, organized by the Capital Region AR/VR accelerator, was held at the Rush Lounge at the Golden 1 Center. The half day event featured a keynote presentation and panel discussion with top virtual and augmented reality thought leaders. In addition to the keynote and panel, 12 AR/VR startups, including the UC Davis-affiliated startup Cognivive, had the opportunity to pitch a panel of judges with the winner gaining automatic acceptance to the accelerator.... Read More
Sacramento Fintech Company Adds Blackstone Executive, UC Davis Dean to Board of Directors (Sacramento Business Journal)
Sacramento-based financial technology company, Magilla Loans, added UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dean H. Rao Unnava and Blackstone Group's global head of private equity Joseph Baratta to its board of directors. Magilla's online platform matches borrowers to banks to secure loans without collecting users' personal information.... Read More
Sacramento Blockchain Startup Brings on LinkedIn Co-Founder as Adviser (Sacramento Business Journal)
A Sacramento-based cryptocurrency startup, Monarch Blockchain, added Eric Ly to its advisory board. Eric has been the co-founder of professional networking site, LinkedIn, in addition to being the founder and co-founder of four other companies. He is currently the CEO of Hub Human Trust Protocol, a Mountain View-based company developing a blockchain protocol to create greater trust in online transactions.... Read More
El Dorado Hills AI Chip Company Lands $65 Million VC Investment (Sacramento Business Journal)
ThinCI, an El Dorado Hills-based AI firm, which develops hardware and software for machine learning applications, raised a $65 million VC round led by Densco Corp, a Japanese automotive components manufacturer. ThinCI has a total of 180 employees, 20 of whom are based in El Dorado Hills. The funding will be used for expansion, including hiring more engineers in company's El Dorado Hills site.... Read More
Sacramento Seed Company Makes $23 Million Bid for Assets of Agtech Firm in Receivership (Sacramento Business Journal)
Sacramento-based S&W Seed Co., which develops and sells alfalfa, sunflower, sorghum and stevia seeds, made a $23 million bid to buy the assets of Chicago-based Chromatin. If the bid is successful, S&W Seed could add Chromatin's assests to its portfolio by October. Chromatin is focused on the development and sales of sorghum planting seed hybrid.... Read More
Innovation Insight
There are Very Real Differences in How Women and Men (and VCs) View Entrepreneurship, Underscores a New Survey (TechCrunch)
Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture firm founded by Cindy Padnos, conducted a survey about entrepreneurship and motivations and challenges that people face in starting companies. About half the 400 survey responses came from venture capitalists and the other half from tech company founders. Based on the survey, nearly a third of the male founders, versus 17% of female founders, indicated that "balancing family and work" was a strong barrier to starting a company. Furthermore, nearly half of the male founders indicated that the "need for financial security" was a strong barrier, compared to 42% of female respondents. The top three reasons that women founders start companies are: 1. bring their ideas to market, 2. create a long-lasting business, and 3. prove to themselves that they can do it. The top-three reasons provided by the male founders were: 1. bring their ideas to market, 2. create a long-lasting business, 3. and significant financial gain.... Read More
Universities, Chasing the Startup Economy, Reshape Urban Real Estate (Curbed)
Universities have always been a major economic driving force in metropolitan areas. The increase in entrepreneurial and startup activities is having a profound effect in universities reshaping urban real estate. For example, public-private developments driven by the academic sector are integrating innovation hubs and technology districts into the regional economic environment..... Read More
America’s Rising Startup Communities (Center for American Entrepreneurship)
Ian Hathaway, research director at the Center for American Entrepreneurship performed a study on whether America's startup communities are rising. According to the study, more early-stage startups in metro areas are getting funded compared to eight years ago..... Read More
Funding Opportunities
Center for Accelerated Innovation UC Pitch Day
Application Deadline: September 24, 2018.... Learn More
FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder
Application Deadline: September 30, 2018.... Learn More
Sony Research Award Program
Application Deadline: September 15, 2018.... Learn More
Capital Region AR VR Accelerator
Application Deadline: September 2018.... Learn More
VentureWell E-Team Grant Program
Application Deadline: October 3, 2018.... Learn More
American-Made Solar Prize
Application Deadline: October 5, 2018.... Learn More
Westly Prize
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018.... Learn More
Y Combinator Winter Cycle
Application Deadline: October 23, 2018.... Learn More
THRIVE Accelerator
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018.... Learn More
PharmaDirections JumpStart Grant
Application Deadline: November 10, 2018.... Learn More
Big Ideas Contest
Application Deadline: November 15, 2018.... Learn More
UC Santa Cruz SVLink Accelerator
Application Deadline: Applications Accepted on the 15th of Each Month Until Full.... Learn More
Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program
Application Deadline: Ongoing... Learn More
Educational Opportunities
Health 2.0 Sacramento Healthcare 101 Bootcamps
Dates: September 20, 27, and October 4, 2018.... Learn More
Inner City Capital Connections Sacramento
Date: September 21, 2018.... Learn More
AgStart Founder Education Workshop Series
Dates: September 26, October 24, and December 5, 2018.... Learn More (Discount Code: GOAGGIES)
UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy
Date: October 2-4, 2018.... Learn More
Register for the Mixer and Keynote Address: Insights from a Serial Ag Biotech Entrepreneur here
Samsung CEO Summit (San Francisco, CA)
Date: October 11, 2018... Learn More
Submit startup to be features at 2018 Samsung CEO Summit here
StartupSac Warm-up Pitch Contest
Application Deadline: October 12, 2018.... Learn More
Founder’s Institute Fall Sacramento Program
Application Deadline: October 14, 2018.... Learn More
Biomedical Engineering–Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (Atlanta, GA)
Date: October 16-17, 2018.... Learn More
California Life Science Institute Expand Your Phase I Clinical Trial
Date: October 17, 2018.... Learn More
California Life Science Institute From Lab to Leadership
Date: October 18, 2018.... Learn More
Drones: Technology, Policy, and Society
Date: October 18, 2018.... Learn More
FS6 Setting Your Business Up for Success & Impact
Date: October 18, 2018.... Learn More
SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference
Date: October 23-25, 2018.... Learn More
UC Davis Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Big Bang! Business Competition Kickoff
Date: October 25, 2018.... Learn More
For Big Bang! Workshops, click here
Inaugural Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Symposium
Application Deadline: October 26, 2018.... Learn More
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Building and Leading Great Teams
Date: October 26, 2018.... Learn More
Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase
Date: November 16, 2018.... Learn More
Women in Tech: The Future of AI
Date: November 16, 2018.... Learn More
Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy
Applications Accepted through Early-December 2018.... Learn More
Apply to Present at the BIO Investor Forum
Application Deadline: Ongoing, Open Until Filled.... Learn More
Valley Ventures Fall 2018 Cohort
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Regional Events
StartupSac Happy Hour with Rob Winkler of 5th Planet Games
Date: September 25, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Hustle Kickoff Event
Date: September 27, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Grind Sacramento, Jeremy Perkins, Precision Medical Products
Date: September 28, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Grind Sacramento, Anis Uzzaman, Fenox Venture Capital
Date: October 9, 2018.... Learn More
US Immigration Policy for Life Science Employees and Entrepreneurs
Date: October 9, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Grind Sacramento, Anis Uzzaman, Fenox Venture Capital
Date: October 16, 2018.... Learn More
NextTech Tri-Valley Life Sciences Summit
Date: October 25, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Weekend Education San Francisco
Date: October 19-21, 2018.... Learn More
Startup Grind Sacramento, Derek Andersen, Startup Grind / Bevy
Date: November 13, 2018.... Learn More
Greater Sacramento Economic Council Annual Dinner
Date: December 6, 2018.... Learn More
Hacker Lab Hands-On Education
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Small Business Development Center Workshops
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Silicon Valley USPTO Workshops
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
1 Million Cups
Date: Weekly (Wednesdays).... Learn More
Industry Events
The MedTech Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
Date: September 24-26, 2018.... Learn More
Cell and Gene Meeting on the Mesa (La Jolla, CA)
Date: October 3-5, 2018.... Learn More
BIO Investor Forum (San Francisco, CA)
October 17-18, 2018.... Learn More
FoodBytes (New York, NY)
Date: October 18, 2018.... Learn More
Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum (San Diego, CA)
Date: October 29-30, 2018.... Learn More
Xconomy XCON (Boston, MA)
Date: November 4-6, 2018.... Learn More
About Venture Catalyst 
UC Davis Venture Catalyst facilitates the translation of University research and technology by enabling the development of new ventures. Venture Catalyst engages with the Davis and Sacramento business, governmental and economic development community to highlight the development of technologies and ventures coming out of UC Davis that will drive tomorrow’s regional job creation. Working closely with these partners, Venture Catalyst is invigorating the technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystem of the entire region. 
The Venture Catalyst START™ Suite of programs and services provides the ABCs to equip UC Davis entrepreneurs with the tools they need to form and grow robust startups. The program gives founders the START they need to create a well-structured company and ensure the company is prepared for success. 
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