VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 76
TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND USTAR'S UTAH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SUMMIT
On June 6, 2018, hundreds of attendees will gather for the Utah Technology Innovation Summit, the state's premier science and technology conference. The event is a unique opportunity to learn from leading thinkers and policymakers, explore ground-breaking ideas and technology and see how USTAR is catalyzing innovation across Utah.

Some of the top reasons why you should attend this year's conference:
  1. Network with leading science and technology innovators. Meet new people and network with other entrepreneurs, industry members and fellow scientists about the latest trends in science and technology.
  2. Experience hands-on demonstrations from USTAR supported companies. See the new discoveries, technology and products from USTAR-supported companies and interact face-to-face with innovative entrepreneurs... 

Secure your seats for the 2018 Utah Technology Innovation Summit with Early Bird registration, now through May 4 at utahinnovationsummit.org
USTAR COMPANIES RECOGNIZED AT 16TH ANNUAL UTAH INNOVATION AWARDS
Over half a dozen Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported companies and technologies were recognized on Thursday as winners, finalists, and honorable mentions at the 16th annual Utah Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council. Companies supported through USTAR grants, Rosivo, Blacksand Technology, and EDX Magnetics, each won their award categories.

“We are honored to see so many companies we work with be recognized at the Utah Innovation Awards,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., executive director of USTAR. “It is rewarding to see the endless appetite for innovation here in Utah. Few people understand the challenges to take an idea all the way to product. These awards recognize the hurdles that have been overcome to provide important technological advancements, grow our state’s innovation ecosystem, and diversify Utah’s technology economy.”...

USTAR TRAVEL DIARY: GOVERNOR'S TRADE MISSION TO MEXICO APRIL 9 - 14, 2018
Andrew Sweeney, Ph.D., recently returned from the governor’s trade mission to Mexico. Representing USTAR, he focused on assisting Utah technology companies explore new opportunities. Here is his day-by-day account:

Day One: An Introduction to Mexico
The trade mission delegation dined together for the first time. Governor Herbert came to our table and reminded us to enjoy our meal because “tomorrow, we get to work.” At the time of writing, it is 11:03 p.m. and this is the first free moment I’ve found to reflect on our busy day since it began early this morning.

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) has come to Mexico with three main goals:

  1. Help Utah science and technology startup companies attract investment
  2. Exchange best practices with similar organizations, and
  3. Promote Utah as the premier soft landing site into the U.S. for foreign tech startups

To achieve the first goal, USTAR organized a pitch event (think Shark Tank) to showcase the companies and seek funding from a group of investors. The presenters were Niivatech, Optisys, Task Easy, and Innosys. Niivatech and Optisys are both alumni of USTAR’s Technology Acceleration Program (TAP)...

View of the Polanco District in Mexico City at sunrise
Nick Moller of Niivatech standing in front of UNAM's main library.
INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHT: LIFE SCIENCES
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is focused on providing support to entrepreneurs, researchers and early-stage companies in several targeted deep-technology and science sectors, including life sciences.

According to a recent BioUtah report, there are more than 1,000 life science companies located across Utah which play an integral role in the state’s strong, business-friendly economy. Notably, Utah also ranks third in the nation in genomics and molecular diagnostics—focus areas heavily supported by USTAR—based on innovation, talent, and growth metrics. Over the past few years, USTAR has supported numerous genomics and molecular diagnostics technologies, companies and researchers. For example, recent Technology Acceleration Grant (TAP) grant recipient T3S Technologies has proprietary genomic technologies that enable expression and optimization of difficult to express recombinant protein products.

In addition to USTAR’s competitive grant programs, USTAR provides mentorship and entrepreneurship services through the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG), a life science incubator operated in partnership with the Granite School District. This state-of-the-art incubation space provides early-stage companies with high-quality research facilities, office space, and mentoring, reducing the time and money needed to prove technologies and launch their company. 

One of the current tenants at BiG is early-stage company Rosivo. The biological implants company is currently developing innovative cartilage implants that can be used for nose and ear repairs, and a trachea repair implant with USTAR support. Rosivo recently won a 2018 Utah Innovation Award in the Life Science – Medical Device category.

USTAR support within the life sciences sector enables companies to prepare to take the next steps for growth and success. After receiving USTAR support, Turner Imaging Systems— a developer of portable, wireless X-ray imaging systems—closed on a successful round of seed funding through Radnet Management, Inc. with additional participation by Cavendish Impact Capital and private investors.

To learn more about USTAR programs and USTAR’s projects within the life sciences industry, visit ustar.org .
UPCOMING EVENTS
GOVERNOR'S ENERGY SUMMIT

The Governor's Office of Energy Development is pleased to announce the 2018 Governor's Energy Summit: Crossroads of Global Innovation. 

May 14-15
Grand America Hotel
2018 ST GEORGE AREA SUMMIT AND EXPO

Learn new tools, tactics and strategies, gain practical skills and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and prosperity of small business in Utah, especially southern Utah. 

Date/Time:
Wednesday, June 13
10am - 6pm

Location:
Dixie Convention Center 
1835 S Convention Center Dr. St. George, UT 84790