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June 30, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | UT Research Foundation welcomes four interns

ETSU's Innovation Lab Director Dr. Audrey Depelteau served as a judge at last week's 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

From Knoxville:

To promote the commercialization of University of Tennessee (UT) innovations and to help train the next generation of commercialization professionals, the UT Research Foundation (UTRF) recently welcomed three new interns and one returning intern across its Knoxville and Memphis offices.

  • In Knoxville, Andrea Gutierrez-Cortez and Lauren Williams, rising second-year law students at UT, Knoxville (UTK), joined the team as Commercialization Analysts. Jacob Hale is returning for his second year with UTRF as a Senior Commercialization Analyst. Hale is a rising third-year law student, while Gutierrez-Cortez completed her bachelor’s degree in human biology at the University of California, San Diego, and Williams majored in biomedical engineering at UTK.
  • In Memphis, UTRF welcomed Max Stansell, a rising second-year law student at the University of Memphis. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at Western Kentucky University.

Another from Knoxville:

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) is joining with TRUIST for a lunch and learn titled “Borrowing for Small Business.” The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT session at KEC on Market Square will cover topics such as :

  • Why businesses need funds;
  • Where to find funding;
  • How to select the right type of financing;
  • What lenders look for;
  • The borrowing process;
  • How to create your business borrowing profile; and
  • Next steps after a financing decision.

To register, click here.

From Knoxville and Oak Ridge:

The University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) seeks proposals by August 1 for topical areas for its upcoming searches for three possible new Governor’s chairs. Successful proposals will involve participation from one or more of UT’s campuses and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The Governor’s Chairs program provides joint appointments at UT and ORNL for some of the nation’s top scientists, transforming such fields as clean manufacturing, energy production, environmental systems and computing technologies. Funded by the State of Tennessee and ORNL, the program attracts top researchers to broaden and enhance the unique research partnership that exists among UT, the state’s preeminent public university system, and ORNL, the nation’s largest multiprogram laboratory.

The Governor’s Chair program is managed by UT-ORII in coordination with ORNL and UT. To accelerate collaborative research between UT and ORNL, UT-ORII is expanding its prestigious Governor’s Chairs program. There are currently 13 Governor’s Chairs, 11 located at UT Knoxville and two at UT Health Science Center.

From Johnson City:

East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Audrey Depelteau spent last week at the 2024 SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, MD where she served as the first judge from the State of Tennessee in the event’s 10-year history. Depelteau, Director of the ETSU Innovation Lab, served as a judge in a CleanTech Pitching Session, in which innovative technology star-tups from the clean technology sector looking to the U.S. market for growth and expansion pitch their products and services.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier event in the United States dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment. More than 5,000 people from more than 80 countries attend this annual event hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Participants attend to gain insight into the latest policy and investment trends, make connections and initiate meaningful business relationships.

From Memphis:

Epicenter‘s ZeroTo510 MedTech Accelerator is currently accepting applications for its 2024 accelerator cohort. As its name implies, the 90-day program is designed with the specific needs of MedTech founders in mind.

Each company will be granted a $25,000 investment upon acceptance and initiation into the cohort. An additional $25,000 will be provided if a company decides to set up its residence/location in the Memphis area for at least 12 consecutive months.

To learn more and apply, click here.

From Nashville:

Jenn Adams, Chief Executive Officer of August Bioservices, posted on social media that the company is now in its expanded space.

“We are excited to open our beautiful new space, and happy to see our amazing team already making use of it,” she wrote. We had fun imagining all of the collaboration that will happen with one another and with our clients as we cut the ribbon to our new entrance last week. Good things ahead!”

The new space will foster collaboration, innovation, and communication, which will enable the August Bioservices team to continue to deliver the highest quality services to its clients and partners.

The Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization offers end-to-end drug research and development, Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) laboratory services, and sterile fill/finish cGMP manufacturing to clients of all sizes and stages, from pre-clinical to commercial, all under one roof.

From Nashville but with Statewide Implications:

The Tennessee Nuclear Energy Advisory Council has issued a survey that seeks to delve into critical dimensions, specifically to identify economic solutions and regulatory challenges that affect the creation and expansion of nuclear facilities and businesses in Tennessee. To complete the survey, click here.

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