UCLA Invents Newsletter
Newsletter published by:  UCLA OIP-ISR October 2015




November 06, 2015
FirstFridays @OIP-ISR
Speaker:  Chris Rico, Director of Innovation for Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

October  21, 2015
Johnson & Johnson Innovation at UCLA - Presentation and Networking Event

More Events


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UCLA 2nd Annual App Competition Winners Announced
UCLA's OIP-ISR and OIT partnered to produce the second annual UCLA “Code for the Mission” App Competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage the UCLA community (Faculty, Staff and Students) to develop mobile apps (both native and web-based) that further UCLA’s mission of Research, Education and Service. Congratulations to the 2015 UCLA "Code for the Mission" winning teams!
Tunitas Therapeutics

Tunitas Therapeutics Closes $10M Series A Financing
UCLA startup Tunitas Therapeutics recently announced the close of a $10 million Series A venture financing round co-led by Ally Bridge Group and WuXi Ventures, with further participation of RA Capital Advisors. The funds will be used to advance Tunitas’ lead fusion protein candidate, epsi-gam, through Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials as a potential treatment for asthma and food allergies.  
UCLA Entrepreneurship Resources

Entrepreneurship Resources Grow for UCLA Students
Over the last few years, several UCLA students have started successful businesses including Koala Tea, a boba restaurant, and Box Camp, a storage company for UCLA and UC Santa Barbara students. While some received support from different campus resources, others said it was difficult to find a community of entrepreneurs that could help them find success.
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Vortex Biosciences Secures Critical U.S. Patent
Vortex BioSciences, has been granted a critical patent on its core technology in the US. The patent, licensed exclusively to Vortex from UCLA, was also recently issued in China and Australia and covers its core technology of inertial microfluidics and its application to the separation and collection of cells of interest including circulating tumor cells.
Chancellor Block

The Satisfaction of an Inventor
UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block remembers an attempt to reduce infant deaths, “As a young professor of biology at the University of Virginia 33 years ago, I had just watched a segment about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on '60 Minutes' when I headed off to my lab, as I did many evenings, to complete experiments…”

Intellectual Property Announcements

New U.S. Patents Awarded

  • 9,142,833 - Lithium ion batteries based on nanoporous silicon  
    S. Tolbert, et al.
  • 9,140,697 - Device for capturing circulating cells  
    H.R. Tseng, et al.
  • 9,139,634 - Interferon-antibody fusion proteins demonstrating potent apoptotic and anti-tumor activities  
    S. Morrison, et al.
  • 9,139,575 - Broad spectrum antiviral and antiparasitic agents  
    M. Jung, et al.
  • 9,138,700 - Accurate and rapid micromixer for integrated microfluidic devices  
    R.M. van Dam, et al.
  • 9,138,336 - Expandable distension device for hollow organ growth  
    J. Dunn, et al.
  • 9,133,499 - Method & device for isolating cells from heterogeneous solution using microfluidic trapping vortices D. Di Carlo, et al.
  • 9,133,250 - Proteins with repetitive bacterial-ig-like (big) domains present in leptospira species  
    D. Haake, et al.
  • 9,126,941 - Treatment of hyperproliferative disorders with diarylhydantoin compounds  
    D. Chen, et al.


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