VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 75
USTAR ANNOUNCES LATEST ROUND OF AWARDS TO UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the selection of eight University Technology Acceleration Grant (UTAG) awards.

“These projects are a testament to Utah’s innovative spirit,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “We received strong applications and these awardees represent projects with high potential to make significant impact in real world application.”

Selected projects span a wide range of deep-technology focused economic clusters such as life sciences and energy. Rico Del Sesto, the first recipient from Dixie State University in St. George, is researching topical treatments for Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that can cause infections throughout the body and is resistant to common antibiotics....

REGISTER NOW FOR UTAH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SUMMIT AND GOVERNOR'S SCIENCE MEDALS IN JUNE
The Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR) will host the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6, 2018, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The event will culminate with the 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology awards ceremony.

The conference will explore challenges and opportunities to stimulate economic development and commercial growth through innovation. Throughout the event attendees will have the opportunity to explore the role of deep technology in Utah’s economy, network with innovative thought leaders, and learn more about the thriving technology innovation ecosystem in Utah... 

USTAR SUPPORT PROPELS UTAH STARTUP TO MARS
OxEon Energy, a rapidly growing Utah company, is working to unlock the potential in the $118B clean and renewable energy industry. OxEon turned to the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) to help accelerate product development to be ready for commercial use and use on the NASA 2020 Mars Rover launch.

OxEon Energy was one of the original tenants of the USTAR Innovation Center located at Hill Air Force Base Falcon Hill Research Park, providing the startup with not just office space, but with specialized lab space and equipment to develop, manufacture, and prototype products.

“The USTAR Innovation Center has been critical in providing initial office space and availability of product staging space in its high bay area,” said Lyman Frost, OxEon CEO. “It is an excellent facility for startup companies, such as ours. We received access to equipment that we could not afford to buy on our own.”... 

2018 USTAR LEGISLATIVE RECAP
Each Utah legislative session presents challenges and opportunities to support the mission of the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) and promote technology-based economic development across the state. 

The 2018 Legislative Session ended with the passage of SB239, which modified USTAR's statute. As signed by Governor Gary Herbert, the bill's intent is to address the ideological question of the role of government in supporting technology commercialization, practical questions regarding the structure of USTAR programs, and whether redundancies exist with other government programs . ..

USU EXPERIMENT THAT COULD 'CHANGE THE SPACECRAFT INDUSTRY' LAUNCHES ON NASA ROCKET
(KSL.com, by Liesl Nielsen) LOGAN — Locally-developed “green” thrusters that could potentially “change the small spacecraft industry” launched Sunday on a NASA rocket in Virginia.

Designed and patented by Utah State University professor Stephen Whitmore, and built by his team of aerospace engineering students, the thrusters — small motors used to orient spacecraft in zero gravity — were tested in space for the first time on NASA’s 43-foot-tall rocket.

The rocket flew in space for approximately 7 minutes, reaching an altitude of 107 miles before parachuting back to Earth and landing in the Atlantic Ocean, according to an emailed statement from Utah State University...

USTAR INNOVATION CENTER OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO PROPEL AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY FORWARD
How do you improve upon and maintain the most technologically advanced fighter jet in the world? Engineering.

When Joel Jacobson, PE, a senior engineer for NexOne Inc, needed to create a new avionics power panel mounting plate prototype for an F-16 project at Hill Air Force Base, he reached out to the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)...

UPCOMING EVENTS
Submit a Winning NSF
SBIR-STTR Proposal
A USTAR SBIR CENTER WORKSHOP

The next NSF SBIR-STTR deadline is June 14th. In this workshop, the SBIR Center staff will dive into dos and don'ts of a NSF SBIR or STTR proposal. 

Sandy:
April 17, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

Kaysville:
April 24, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
The Pitch 2.0: How AND Who to Pitch to get results
April 25, 2018
Accessing resources & capital is one of the most significant challenges that women-led businesses face. But getting the help you need often comes down to one simple thing: perfecting the pitch. Welcome to Womenpreneurs' first ever women's pitch competition, in partnership with Leo After Hours! Bring your friends, have a cocktail and support your sisters as Utah's business ladies pitch for compassionate, critical feedback and introductions to the top firms working to get capital into the hands of women-led businesses. 
 
This pitch competition has a special twist: for the first half of the evening, we will be providing a special pitch coaching session open to anyone looking to develop, refine or perfect their pitch. The second half of the evening will consist of a live pitch competition, featuring some of Utah's finest female-led startups. Whether you're on stage showing off your pitch skills or cheering on these amazing companies from the audience, we promise that this will be a pitch competition unlike any you've experienced.
Utah Crowdfunder Series
April 26, 2018
Presented by the Utah SBDC
9750 S. 300 West
Sandy, Utah