Tiny Cargo Co., founded by Rob Gourdie, professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, is among five companies to receive the award, which includes $50,000, the opportunity to reside at JLABS @ Washington, D.C. for one year, and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
The LINK+LICENSE+LAUNCH team works with faculty to bridge the gap between university research and industry, fostering new industry partnerships, technology commercialization, start-ups, and other types of technology transfer.
Rob Gourdie, professor and director of the Center for Vascular and Heart Research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and his lab team developed a scalable method to harvest nano-sized biological capsules called exosomes from unpasteurized cow’s milk. Exosomes are a promising candidate for drug delivery in humans.
Reporting to Myra Blanco, director of advancement, partnership, and outreach at VTTI, and Brad Fravel, executive director of LINK, Mitchell is charged with raising awareness of capabilities and strengths, while fostering industry and private partnerships with the institute that support its mission of human and economic growth.
In just over a year with the program, $400,000 has been awarded in grants to Virginia Tech researchers to commercialize Virginia Tech intellectual property to license products, support startup companies pursuing commercialization, and develop early stage drugs.
The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, and biological sciences. The program leverages funding provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to form a partnership with the Fralin Life Sciences Institute.
Virginia Tech is co-hosting the annual EnVision Forum, “Future of Electric Energy for an Industry in Transformation” on April 26-27, in collaboration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, providing an opportunity to explore the technology-driven issues facing the energy industry.
In January, the Office for Research and Innovation launched its virtual webinar series focused on different facets of sponsored research — from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to identify and work with partners — intended to answer researchers’ biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.
During the roughly 25-minute online presentation, Sands shared insights into COVID-19-related challenges met and lessons learned, as well as gave updates on progress made despite the pandemic in terms of new partnerships, new facilities, and new progress made toward the university’s long-term goals.
Virginia Tech’s roots in agricultural research have sparked a new partnership with Hardywood Park Craft brewery in Richmond, Virginia, resulting in a licensed Virginia Tech beer — Fightin’ Hokies Lager.
A proof-of-concept created by a collaboration between Virginia Tech and MOVA Technologies has resulted in a ground-breaking filter that can capture gasses while allowing them to be recycled and reused.