COVID-19 Information
The links below provide information for various resources, news, and funding opportunities regarding COVID-19
  • Resources for Startups During COVID-19 (Updated 4/10/2020).... Read More

  • UC Davis COVID-19 Research Accelerator Fund Call for Proposals and Application Guidelines – Rolling Application Window Until Funds Are Exhausted.... Read More
  • CITRIS Seed FundingCOVID-19 Response – Application Deadline: April 24, 2020.... Read More
  • IndieBio Coronavirus Initiative – Rolling Application Window.... Read More
  • UC Davis Engineers Respond to COVID-19 Challenges.... Read More
  • UC Davis Launches 2 Clinical Studies to Treat COVID-19.... Read More
  • PREDICT Receives Extension for COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Response.... Read More
  • UC Davis Researchers Race to Develop Coronavirus Solutions.... Read More
  • Solving a Medical Mystery and Changing CDC Screenings for COVID-19.... Read More
  • C-STEM Center Providing Free Tools, Teacher Resources for Distance Learning in Math.... Read More
UC Davis Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange Webinar
Pre-Transaction Planning Best Practices for Equity Ownership
  • Amy Johnson, Executive Director, J.P Morgan 
  • Michael Mallory, Associate, J.P. Morgan 

Startup founders and executives considering raising an investment round or a potential future sale or initial public offering can benefit from early planning and an understanding of best practices and pitfalls to avoid regarding equity ownership. This talk will be led by J.P. Morgan Private Bankers Amy Johnson and Michael Mallory who are well versed on pre- and post- transaction planning considerations and work closely with private and public company executives in the Bay Area to help manage their personal finances. The presentation will focus on the optimization of your personal ownership in your startup as you continue to grow towards a potential liquidity event.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10:30 – 11:45 am

Please register for the event and you will receive a follow-up email with a videoconference link.
Sierra Biopharma is Developing Antigen-Specific Therapy Targeting Autoimmune Diseases
Sierra Biopharma, a biotechnology startup developed by UC Davis researchers, set an initial focus on treating myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects 1.4 million people globally. Myasthenia gravis causes use-induced muscle fatigue and generalized muscle weakness that can result in life-altering difficulties with seeing, swallowing, talking and walking. Sierra Biopharma is taking a new approach to treat the disease with an antigen-specific therapy that attacks the cause of the disease without suppressing the entire immune system. Sierra Biopharma is now scaling up production of the therapeutic biologic and plans to complete the proof of concept and preclinical work in the next six months. The company has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2020 Science2Startup showcase event — a forum for top scientists from around the world to present their ideas and interact with leading investors and executives in the Boston biotechnology hub. .... Read More
Wearable Device Assists People with Loss of Bladder Function
UC Davis researchers Eric Kurzrock ( Departments of Urologic Surgery and Pediatrics), Soheil Ghiasi ( Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Lifeng Lai ( Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) are teaming up to develop an under-clothing biosensor that can recognize in real time when someone’s bladder is full. Those with neurogenic bladders, conditions in which bladder control is lost due to brain, spinal cord or neurologic problems, rely on a schedule rather than actual volume to empty their bladders. The noninvasive sensor will combine several sensing modalities, such as ultrasound, resonance sensing and light, to tell if a bladder is full or empty. ... Read More
Changes in Surface Sugarlike Molecules Help Cancer Metastasize
A research team led by Carlito Lebrilla, a professor of the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, worked with cells derived from a human cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. Their research shows that changes in a specific type of sugarlike molecule, or glycan, on the surface of cancer cells help them to spread into other tissues. These findings could lead to diagnostic tests and new therapies to slow or stop the spread of cancers.... Read More
CRISPR Genome Editing Strategy Could Improve Rice, Other Crops
Scientists at UC Davis have used CRISPR technology to genetically engineer rice with high levels of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. The technique they used provides a promising strategy for genetically improving rice and other crops. Golden Rice, a genetically engineered rice with high levels of beta-carotene, has been approved for consumption in more than five countries, including the Philippines, where vitamin A deficiency in children is widespread.... Read More
$1M Grant for UC Davis-Led Online Learning Project
Launched by UC Davis Professor Delmar Larsen in 2008 as ChemWiki, LibreTexts is a national consortium that creates online resources to replace conventional textbooks and course materials. A $1 million innovation grant from California’s Learning Lab for the LibreTexts project at UC Davis, will allow students to access the materials for free, and instructors to assemble information tailored to the needs of their class. LibreTexts saved UC Davis students about $1.5 million in textbook costs in the 2018-19 academic year and gained global visibility with 100 million page views in 2019.. .. Read More
Startup News
EicOsis EC5026 Granted Fast Track Designation by FDA for Neuropathic Pain
EicOsis announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to its lead drug candidate, EC5026, for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Fast Track designation confers important benefits, including the potential eligibility for Priority Review of a New Drug Application.... Read More
Vite Kitchens to Release New flavor with Help from Kickstarter (Sacramento Business Journal)
Vite Kitchens, a company formed by undergraduate students Tim and Tom Zhang, launched another Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its spicy Sichuan Chili flavor. The campaign surpassed its minimum goal of $10,000 in one hour and raised more than $125,000.. .. Read More
Arcadia Biosciences Partners with Grow West® and Buttonwillow Warehouse Company
Arcadia Biosciences announced a new strategic partnership with Grow West, one of the largest independent marketers of agricultural products in California, and Buttonwillow Warehouse Company (BWC), a family owned and operated fertilizer and crop protection products company in central and Southern California, to introduce Arcadia’s USDA-compliant GoodHemp seed line to California growers.... Read More
Sage Therapeutics Announces Development Plan for Zuranolone (SAGE-217) Following Breakthrough Therapy Guidance Meeting with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Sage Therapeutics announced next steps in the Landscape Program, the clinical program evaluating zuranolone (SAGE-217) for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), following a Breakthrough Therapy guidance meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).... Read More
Evolve BioSystems, Inc. Announces Collaboration with Janssen to Study the Impact of B. infantis EVC001 in the Reduction of Atopic Dermatitis
Evolve BioSystems announced a collaboration with Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, to conduct a clinical study in children at risk for developing atopic dermatitis.... Read More
From Chill to Kill - Pheronym Treated Nematodes Aggressively Disperse in Lower Temperatures
Pheronym announced the results of their third peer-reviewed study demonstrating the efficacy of their patented Nematism ™ pheromone extract for bio-remediation of agricultural pests.... Read More
PairAnything Offers Free Mobile Solution to Wineries
Pair Anything announced it is offering free subscriptions to its mobile-first solution during this period of uncertainty for the wine industry.... Read More
Startup Company Works with El Dorado County Library to Get Face Shields to Medical Workers (Fox40)
HiDO Technologies, a startup company that normally creates products for pharmaceutical companies, shifted to making facial shields to be donated to area hospitals.... Read More
Startup Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities at Evolve Biosystems
Evolve Biosystems is currently hiring for two research associates and a management position.... Learn More
Career Opportunities at Sage Therapeutics
Sage Therapeutics is hiring for a wide range of positions from staff scientist to senior-director level positions.... Learn more
Career Opportunities at Novoheart
Novoheart is currently hiring for an engineer, a research assistant, and  scientists .... Learn more
Career Opportunities at Arcadia Biosciences
Arcadia Biosciences is hiring for bioinformaticians, a marketing communications associate, and a senior analytical chemist.... Learn more
News from the DRIVE Network
Maker Community Enlists 3D Printing to Ease Shield Shortfall (Sacramento Business Journal)
Hacker Lab, a coworking makerspace with locations in Rocklin and Sacramento, is allowing the community to use its 3D printers to create face shields for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Davis, Tim Keller, founder of co-laboratory and co-working space Inventopia, is working with salt-impregnated filters that could mechanically kill viruses. Both Hacker Lab and Inventopia are members of the UC Davis Venture Catalyst Distributed Research Incubation & Venture Engine (DRIVE) program.... Read More
Vincent Asiago Joins HM.CLAUSE as Director of R&D Portfolio and Innovation .... Read More
Regional Innovation News
Local Biotech Company Hopes to Develop Home Testing Kit for Coronavirus (Sacramento Business Journal )
ThermoGenesis, a Sacramento-based company that develops cell processing technologies for cell and gene therapies, is shifting focus to develop new rapid diagnosis COVID-19 testing kits to be available to public via mail delivery. The company is currently awaiting approval for these tests from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). .. . Read More
Folsom Tech Company Pondera Solutions Acquired (Sacramento Business Journal )
Thomson Reuters acquired Folsom-based Pondera Solutions, a company providing software with advanced algorithms to detect fraud. The company has been Thomson Reuters' partner for several years. Sacramento-based Impact Venture Capital is one of Pondera Solution's investors. . .. Read More
Marrone Bio Innovations Signs Commercial Agreement with Anasac Chile S.A. for Grandevo and Venerate Bioinsecticides in Chile
Marrone Bio Innovations announced the signing of a commercial agreement with Anasac Chile S.A. to develop and distribute bio-insecticide products GRANDEVO® and VENERATE® in Chile.... Read More
Marrone Bio Innovations' Jet-Oxide® 15% Sanitizer Product is Allowed by the U.S. EPA for Use on Industrial Hard Surfaces for Human Coronaviruses
Marrone Bio Innovations announced that its Jet-Oxide® 15% post-harvest sanitizer and industrial disinfectant product is now allowed by the U.S. EPA for use against human coronaviruses to sanitize industrial food and agricultural hard surfaces..... Read More
A Free Interactive Tool to Help Businesses Through This Economic Downturn
The Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) has launched a free interactive tool to help businesses analyze the market and business costs. Named SizeUp, this tool will provide custom market research and data, which will enable companies to make strategic, data-driven decisions. This is especially important for business that are struggling or have closed as a result of COVID-19..... Read More
Innovation Insight
Court Rules More Trial Data Must Be Posted On (Xconomy)
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit the clinical trial results conducted in the 10 years to The ruling comes after it was discovered that HHS did not fully comply with the FDA Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007, which requires trial sponsors or principle investigators to submit clinical trial results for inclusion.... Read More
First Annual Report Looks at Race/Ethnicity and Gender in the Biotech Industry (BIO)
Biotechnology Innovation Organization released its report on diversity and inclusion in the biotech field using data gathered from a survey of nearly 100 BIO member companies. The data does show that about 45% of employees in the biotech sector were female. However, this diminishes with higher position tiers with only 30% and 18% female for executive-level positions and board members, respectively. Similarly, the representation of people of color (32% overall) declines with higher level positions (15% of executive level and 13% board member).... Read More
Funding Opportunities
Extreme Tech Challenge
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020.... Learn More
Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020.... Learn More
CITRIS Core Seed Funding
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020.... Learn More
IndieBio Accelerator
Application Deadline: Currently Accepting.... Learn More
Open SBIR/STTR Grant Topics. ... Learn More
Educational Opportunities
UC Davis MInstitute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Programs
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
Business Development Fellows.... Learn More
Keller Pathway Fellows.... Learn More
UC Davis Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy
Application Deadline: May 30, 2020.... Learn More
Innovation Institute for Food and Health Innovator Fellowship
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020.... Learn More
UC Davis Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy
Dates: July 13-16, 2000.... Learn More
UC Davis Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship UC Entrepreneurship Academy
Date: September 15-17, 2020.... Learn More
JLAB Virtual Educational Opportunities
Date: Various.... Learn More
Regional Events
AgStart Office Hours (Virtual)
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Small Business Development Center Workshops (Virtual)
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Silicon Valley USPTO Workshops (Virtual)
Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps Immersive Short Courses (Virtual)
 Date: Ongoing.... Learn More
1 Million Cups (Virtual)
Date: Weekly (Wednesdays).... Learn More
Industry Events
Venture Summit West (Virtual)
Date: May 5-6, 2020.... Learn More
Women's Global Trade Empowerment Forum (Virtual)
Date: May 27-28, 2020.... Learn More
BIO International Conference (Virtual)
Date: June 8-11, 2020.... Learn More
TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo: SBIR/STTR, Nanotech, and AI (National Harbor, MD)
Date: June 29-July 1, 2020.... Learn More
Silicon Valley AgTech Conference (San Jose, CA)
Date: August 10, 2020.... Learn More
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UC Davis Venture Catalyst supports the development of new ventures fueled by university research and technology. Venture Catalyst offers several innovative programs that bridge the gap between early-stage research and commercialization and provide entrepreneurs the resources, support, and connections needed to successfully form and grow technology-based startups. With a focus on accelerating technology-led economic development in the Davis-Sacramento region, Venture Catalyst also works closely with partners in the regional innovation and economic development ecosystems.  
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