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MU Ingenuity Grows Successful Ventures

VIDEO: iSocial virtual world empowers youth with autism.

VIDEO: Startup to test spinal muscular atrophy treatments.

VIDEO: Inventor James Cook shares his orthopaedic technologies.

VIDEO: Researcher Teresa Lever creates tools to detect vocal cord dysfunction.

VIDEO: Elemental Enzymes develops solutions for agriculture.

VIDEO: New software supports and improves patient care.

Blumhagen to Bring Engineering Inventions to Market

MU Licenses Gene Therapy Breakthrough for Use in Hearing Loss Treatments

Wayne McDaniel’s Legacy at MU


It’s Been a Dynamic Year for Mizzou Innovators, Creators and Startups

MU Appoints Lorenzen to Leverage Faculty Research Innovations

Technology Management and Industry Relations has a new name that better reflects the office’s main charge at Mizzou.

The Office of Economic Development has a new leader charged with building a stronger entrepreneurial culture at MU.

Consequences for Real People — MBA student is essential part of physician-engineer team.

Growing faculty entrepreneurs is the aim of the university’s new fast-track express license.

Learn more about how Mizzou ideas become products from tech advancement expert Sam Bish.

MU’s pioneering iSocial curriculum and virtual world teach social skills to youth with autism.

Chris Lorson's research has led to a new Mizzou startup company that will continue working on new treatments for children with spinal muscular atrophy.

Randall Prather has produced pigs genetically resistant to deadly coronoviruses, a breakthrough that could improve animal health and reduce losses in livestock production

MU scientist George Smith is one of three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry


MU physical therapy and engineering innovators have unveiled ErgoSTM, a new soft tissue mobilization tool for physical and massage therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers. Contact the Mizzou tech transfer office at 573-882-6013 or for licensing information.

Mizzou startup company ThermAvant International recently released Burnout, a new temperature-regulating travel mug similar to the company’s Lexo mug and guaranteed to quickly cool hot beverages to a drinkable temperature and keep it there for hours.

The University of Missouri is again on the list of "Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents" published annually by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Deepak Singh, MU assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and his team invented a new device that could increase the battery life of cell phones and computers by more than a hundredfold. @MizzouOTMIR is helping patent the innovation.

Mizzou is excited to license gene technologies developed by Professor of Biochemistry Jay Thelen to Yield10 Bioscience to boost oil content in crops, offering more value for farmers and important for global food security.

Helping businesses succeed is one way MU Extension engages with Missourians. Learn more about Mizzou's plans to better serve the state.

MU researchers have created a portable, low-cost measurement tool that can measure air quality at child care centers.

One of @MU's strengths is developing animal models with traits that help researchers learn more about diseases. The latest? New tools from @MUCVM faculty could uncover important answers for scientists studying Alzheimer's disease.

Workforce development and scientific research are significant contributors to Mizzou's $3.9 billion impact on Missouri, according to a study completed by nationally recognized firm Tripp Umbach.

MU engineer Marge Skubic was elected an American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering fellow for her work in eldercare & rehabilitation technology. Foresite Healthcare has licensed many of her innovations.

@Mizzou's partnership with Roche, one of the world’s largest biotech companies, has generated a new big data tool that will help doctors make better cancer treatment decisions. #NAVIFY™ Tumor Board

The Academy of Science-St. Louis honored MU faculty innovators Randall Prather, Gary Stacey, Elizabeth Bryda and Johannes Strobel with outstanding scientist awards last week.

MU's College of Engineering will offer a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in fall 2018. The program will produce graduates for high-paying jobs that drive innovation and stimulate the economy.

@Mizzou's dynamic professors are entrepreneurial. They teach students how to test boundaries, ask questions and find out-of-box solutions across many fields. Meet the 2018 winners of the $10,000 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece discusses feeding the world in 2050 and promising new research opportunities for MU, Bayer and Monsanto.

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright recently announced a plan to increase industry partnerships and double the university's funding from federal sources – great news for tech transfer and Missouri's innovation economy.

The MU Research Reactor is the nation’s sole supplier of the active ingredient in FDA-approved cancer therapy Lutathera®. This is the fourth radiopharmaceutical that MU has commercialized in partnership with private companies.

Beyond Meat has products available at more than 19,000 retail stores and restaurants nationwide — and it all started with technology from Mizzou.

iSocial, a classroom curriculum designed by MU researchers to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder cultivate better social skills, has been licensed by Nascent Stage Development LLC, a company that will develop it into an expansive, online virtual world for millions of families and educators worldwide.

MU researcher and top innovator James Cook doubles preservation time for transplant tissues. Learn more about his technologies in a 2-minute video.


MU bioengineering Professor Sheila Grant has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced Dec. 12. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed soley to academic inventors.

Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, developed by MU researcher Dongsheng Duan, has advanced to human clinical trials led by Solid Biosciences, the company that licensed the technology from Mizzou.

Influential millennial entrepreneurs from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Mizzou startup Modern Meadow recently debuted Zoa™ biofabricated leather grown in its New York laboratory.

On Nov. 3, the Mizzou Alumni Association honors 11 elite graduates and faculty members, including green nanotechnology innovator Kattesh Katti.

MU tech-transfer expert Chris Fender discusses patents, profits and faculty innovations in a Columbia Missourian story.

Mizzou awards five Coulter grants to engineers and medical clinicians to bring innovations to patients.

@Mizzou spinoff debuts an affordable teeth-whitening kit Novashine developed by MU engineers.

@Mizzou startup @BeyondMeat says actor Leonardo DiCaprio is now an investor along with Bill Gates and Twitter founders.

MU partner @Pipelineorg received $2 million from the Kauffman Foundation for its fellowship program for entrepreneurs.

Investment, business, tech-transfer and faculty pros shared what it takes to commercialize innovations at the Oct. 12 Mizzou Innovator Half-Day Conference.

Central office staff from MU's Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations have moved to a new home.

Prolific MU inventor James Cook and his team find bone marrow concentrate improves joint transplants.

The latest MIZZOU magazine features a tech transfer data page with patents issued, technologies licensed, revenue earned and other measures of our commitment to transforming faculty innovations into new products, businesses and jobs.

A company founded by Xu Han, an MU College of Engineering researcher, is completely reshaping the manner in which cells and tissue are preserved.

MU's Tech Transfer office is pursuing patent rights for FLI, a chemical medium that could revolutionize both piglet and human IVF treatments.

Mizzou's Tech-Transfer Office to hold its inaugural Mizzou Tech Roadshow and Mixer 3 to 6 p.m., Aug. 8, at Thompson Coburn in St. Louis for investors, entrepreneurs and business development executives.

Longtime Mizzou leader and accomplished scientist Mark A. McIntosh has a joint appointment as vice president for research and economic development for UM System and vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and economic development for MU. In these roles, McIntosh is charged with growing the university's research enterprise and overseeing its tech-transfer activities.

MU is among the top 12% of universities worldwide for number of utility patents granted in 2016.

An expert in optical sensors, Mizzou's new chancellor holds four patents and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Flourishing Mizzou startup company Nanova plans to employ 20 more people this year.

Mizzou is in the Milken Institute's top 25% for turning basic research into new technologies.

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council signs agreement to commercialize high oleic soybean technology developed by MU and USDA researchers.

World-renowned MU geneticist and innovator James Birchler is SEC Professor of the Year.

MU appoints Brian Matlock to move engineering inventions to market.

New technique could revolutionize laser-based dermatological procedures.

Learn more about lab-grown meat, including fried chicken from Mizzou startup Memphis Meats.

Mizzou startup company Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown featured on NPR.

MU researchers discover new link to fight billion-dollar threat to soybean production (patent pending).

New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries (patent pending).

Columbia-based health solutions company develops OBERD software system based on the work of former MU researcher Ali Hussam.

New TREND software analyzes series of images faster, cheaper and more accurately than ever before.

MU engineer Hongbin “Bill” Ma invents coffee tumbler that holds liquids at optimal temps for hours.


MU appoints Buntaine to move health sciences discoveries to market.

MU researcher Jerry Taylor, an international animal genetics leader with licensed and patented technologies, receives Distinguished Faculty Award.

Mosaics from the MU College of Arts and Science covers MU innovators and entrepreneurs.

MU Awards $500,000 in grants to accelerate biomedical discoveries from lab to market.

Tech billionaire Bill Gates backs Beyond Meat, a company that sells products created with Mizzou technology.

Chicken giant Tyson Foods buys a stake in vegan start-up Beyond Meat.

Organovo, the company that licensed MU 3-D bioprinting technology, announces the addition of Human Kidney Tissue to their product and service portfolio.


Older adults live independently longer when monitored by care team and technology.

MU researchers are taking sensor system from lab to marketplace.

Pigs that are resistant to incurable disease developed at MU.


Last Updated: February 21, 2020